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Last Train to Christmas

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Festive fantasy drama has drinking, addiction, language.

Movie NR 2021 103 minutes
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This British Christmas fantasy movie is a peculiar film in many ways. Last Train to Christmas is not exactly a film to get you into the Christmas spirit as such. But it is weirdly Christmassy -- think A Christmas Carol on wheels. Its time traveling train provides a unique and very clever way of exploring the life of central character Tony, and what transpires is a rather profound and moving production. The period dressing is remarkable too. You get a real feel for each of the different eras depicted. However, the make-up is not as impressive, as the different ages of the characters are not subtle enough, taking you momentarily out of the story.

Sheen is, as expected, wonderful in the leading role, bringing much empathy to the character of Tony, who is certainly a flawed individual. But narratively there is a little to be desired, and while this is a great concept it's not executed quite deftly enough. That said, Last Train to Christmas still has more than enough about it to make it a film worth seeing over the festive period.

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