“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Review

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston

Writer: Ashleigh Powell

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Debez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman

☆☆☆☆

Can we please stop with the whole this is not your father’s (insert public domain title here) thing? I do not think that this approach has created anything worthwhile. I do not mean when you change the setting of a story; I am talking about when they completely change the material because say, Disney wants to turn “The Nutcracker” into Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” — which was an attempt to turn “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” into an epic fantasy akin to “Lord of the Rings.”

I get that the material is in the public domain and everybody would know the said material, and therefore you have to find a unique spin to put on to it. But here is the thing, you can make it unique without drastically changing the material. Well, at least without slapping the brand onto a script that could have easily been its own unique movie.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” was a lovely movie to look at. The costume and production design, the hair and makeup, and the visuals were beautiful and fantastic; but the movie was awful. The lead lacked charisma, and the narrative was too convoluted for a Christmas movie aimed at children.

Honestly, I would rather watch the ballet because at least that contains art and fantastic music by Tchaikovsky. At least like “Sleeping Beauty” this movie retains some of Tchaikovsky’s music.

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