In a desperate attempt to get into the festive spirit in time for Christmas I dragged myself off to the cinema to watch Arthur Christmas. To be honest, I thought this was going to be a pretty bad movie – the tacky ‘Arthur Christmas’ themed lights in Oxford Street really put me off. However, I was surprised to find that Arthur Christmas was given a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and some really praising reviews.Arthur Christmas is a brilliant and unique take on the build up to Christmas and exactly how Santa delivers all those gifts. The story starts on Christmas Eve with Steve Santa – Santa’s first son, and heir to the title of ‘Santa’, carrying out a mission-impossible styled operation to get billions of presents delivered on time. Of course, this is done with the help of the ‘S1’ – a massive space ship, and thousands of trained elves. The night is a great success and they manage to deliver every single present to every good child around the globe without being spotted.
However, soon after their celebrations, an elf, Bryony, discovers an undelivered present! She immediately alerts Steve and his personal assistant of this; however, Steve, who takes a rather militant attitude towards Christmas giving, argues that one undelivered present is a minimal error and there is absolutely no way they can deliver the present with only two hours until sunrise.
Arthur Christmas, Santa’s younger son, overhears this and is distraught to hear that one little girl won’t be getting a present from Santa this year. Arthur’s grandfather proposes that Arthur and himself fly The Evie – the old Christmas sleigh – all the way to England to make sure the last present gets delivered and after a bit of nudging, nervous Arthur agrees to it. So, Grand-Santa and Arthur embark on an adventure to England but things aren’t plain sailing – they even have a run in with some African lions!