There are few directors whose style is as distinctive as Wes Anderson and no self-respecting movie fan could look at this without immediately recognising it as his work. All of Anderson's familiar trickery has been deployed but don't let that fool you into thinking a square peg has been lodged into a round hole - the effect is entirely on point and is directed towards creating an utterly charming Christmas commercial.
Frequent Anderson collaborator Adrien Brody plays Conductor Ralph who has to inform his passengers that they are going to have to spend Christmas Day aboard his train.
Ralph is a man for a crisis. Displaying something of the resourcefulness which characterised Monsieur Gustave - the concierge brilliantly played by Ralph Fiennes in Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - the conductor draws on his knowledge and contacts to coolly assemble an improvised Christmas for all of those on board.
Imbued with the timelessness of Anderson's glorious production design, it reminds us of the true spirit of the season. After all, which Christmas are we more likely to remember? One where everything happens as it should thanks to a well-organised trudge through the rituals? Or one where you were stuck on a train with a collection of disparate souls making the best of a strange situation?
An obvious paradox is created by TV commercials nudging us towards a celebration of Christmas less concerned with consumerism. But let's suspend our disbelief for a few minutes and revel in this beautifully rendered scenario... especially as it's never felt more important to 'love thy neighbour' than it does as 2016 draws to a close.