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 ›
the metaphor - In the Nutcracker: The Untold Story, the metaphor is about hope - and a better world for the young! I am pleased to have this DVD and applaud the Russians, Eastern Europeans, and the West for a joint effort to give the young everywhere hope for a better world. The Nutcracker: The Untold Story is a superb effort in that direction. Well done! Author! Author! The cultural associations between the East and West are superb!
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What can say about a director that manages to turn a holiday icon into a dark twisted tale about Nazi rats. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say what we are all thinking. Read morePublished 15 days ago by D. Gaede
Well, I saw this movie and, I really loved the visual and Elle Fanning as well very much.
But the story and the meaning of Christmas Holliday's sake, the original meaning of... Read more
Freaky version of Nutcracker - my little kids were scared - ended up throwing this one away.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My kids love this movie. It makes me want to jump off the nearest cliff but my kids love itPublished 5 months ago by firefly
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