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The Nutcracker in 3D

  • Action
  • Family
  • 2010
  • Andrei Konchalovsky
  • 108 mins
  • PG

Summary

In 1920s Vienna, a young girl receives a magical doll on Christmas Eve.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

It's more scary-tale than fairy-tale as Tango & Cash director Andrei Konchalovsky re-imagines Tchaikovsky's much-loved ballet (and the short story that inspired it) in disastrously dark and rambling fashion. Ambitious yet woefully ill-conceived, the hideous family musical opens in a beautifully designed 1920s Vienna, where young Elle Fanning receives a magical toy nutcracker for Christmas that turns out to be a boy prince bewitched by the evil Rat Queen (Frances de la Tour) for her military dictator son (John Turturro). Soon Fanning's caught up in the weakly realised Nutcracker's battle to free his fantasy realm from the rodent troops; heralding a stylistic switch from dreamy tinsel and snow fairies to inappropriate and unsettling Third Reich-reminiscent imagery, and camerawork so sinisterly gloomy that you can barely see what's happening. With no colour and excitement, the flimsy events feel empty and badly paced, wasting the starry cast, and leaving it entirely to Tim Rice's blandly modified songs to fake a sense of momentum.

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Credits

Cast

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MaryElle Fanning
Uncle AlbertNathan Lane
The Rat Queen / Frau EvaFrances de la Tour
The Rat KingJohn Turturro
FatherRichard E Grant
Mother / The Snow FairyYulia Visotskaya
MaxAaron Michael Drozin
The Prince / Nicholas CharlesCharlie Rowe
The NutcrackerShirley Henderson

Crew

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DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky

Details

Released on
2012-12-28
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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