The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [Blu-ray]
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To her credit, Miss Fanning bravely obliges the scriptwriter, songwriter and director, but the compassion we feel in watching her is out of embarassment over her being made to say, sing, and act the stuff she did. Nathan Lane glibly phones it in as "Uncle Albert", an Einsteinian character inexplicably replacing Godfather Drosselmeyer of the original story. And while I usually enjoy John Torturro's roles, he seems uneasy and maybe regretful over the script and verse of his Mouse-King, er, Rat-Führer, er, whatever...
Animal Cruelty: vivid but pointless electrocution-killing of a captive shark.
Cheap Allegory: making over Hoffmann's mouse-army into Nazi rat-stormtroopers.
Cheap frights: CGI-enabled overdone transformation of faces into hideous shrieking rat-faces. Jump scares aplenty.
Musical assault and battery: characters break into stage-musical or campy song for no compelling reason. Tchaikovsky brutally rescored, or rearranged into braying parodies of the original classical themes.
Child-Abuse pervo stuff: an 11-year old girl being dragged and pushed around, being compelled to wear torn and disarrayed clothing shot at sleazy camera angles, having to repeatedly mouth lines like "I'm not afraid" when the audience knows she has good reason to be very afraid indeed, as when being threatened with mutilation.Read more ›
Boy, what a big mistake!
This DVD starts out well, with lovely atmosphere, unique musical numbers (written by Oscar-winner Tim Rice), great special effects and solid acting (despite Nathan Lane's perpetually quizzical visage as Albert Einstein and a wooden Frances de le Tour).
My whole family and I were transfixed, especially as the wooden nutcracker (in awesome CGI) and Mary ride an enchanted elevator sleigh up through a humongous towering Christmas tree. We had no idea what would happen next, because this "re-telling" of The Nutcracker had been unpredictable from the beginning (e.g. Einstein replacing Uncle Drosselmeier, Mary's mother being an opera singer about to make her debut in front of important politicians, etc.).
However, once they got into the realm of the Rat King, things start getting dicey--violent and creepy, even.
The Rat King (Turturro) and his minions all have rat faces, resembling Hitler's SS in uniform and demeanor (I can handle that--it makes sense). However, things soon turn violent (beyond capturing citizens of the magical kingdom).
For example, a large shark swims in a gigantic aquarium. He doesn't appear menacing beyond being a shark. The Rat King, as he's threatening the captured citizens with a bizarre musical routine, deliberately drops electrical lights in the aquarium. The poor shark thrashes about, as he's being electrocuted--not for a few seconds, but MANY seconds. It was distressful and disturbing to watch.
My family and I were in shock.Read more ›
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I was pleasantly surprised by the telling of the tale - much different then your usual Nutcracker and I thoroughly loved the change - Elle Fanning is a cute little actress... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Barbara Myers
It was no where near as scary as the other reviews let on, my daughter (4) squealed one time, but she didn't leave the room and did not have nightmares. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Caitlin
This was horrible in every way. Turned it off after 20 minutes.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Baker
How misleading are the stars by the title of this film!! An appalling travesty of everything from Tchaikovsky's music to the original tales. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig M. Wallace
I really wanted to like this movie, and it started out really great...and then just got weird. I don't recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Kelsey
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