The Nutcracker & the Four Realms - 🤘🤘🤘
A pretty enjoyable and magical journey from Disney based on the story and ballet of the same name (minus the four realms!) It follows Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who is lost and perplexed following the passing of her mother. Her Christmas gift from her mother this year is a beautiful egg that seems to be holding a secret inside. Through the help of her godfather (Morgan Freeman) she is shown the right path to discovering the secret and transported into the world of the four realms. Visually it is quite lovely; beautiful colours and fun costumes aplenty from designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot). It’s a really Christmassy film which I loved about it and just made for a really relaxed and warm watch. Co-directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) and Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Jurassic Park III) it’s actually a pretty well held together narrative considering two directors who usually work alone have come together for it which is impressive! The first half of the film in particular has moments that are truly magical that you can get swept away in; including a wonderful dance sequence with ballerina Misty Copeland. The last half does go very much into Narnia/Alice In Wonderland action territory but manages to do it in a way that I think doesn’t take itself too seriously. Performance wise everyone is good and there are great appearances from Richard E Grant, Helen Mirren and two particular English comedians 😉 perhaps the strangest performance is Keira Knightley’s as the Sugar Plum Fairy. I still can’t quite tell if I liked it or found it a bit cringeworthy which is an odd combination; nothing against her at all as she is a fantastic actress! But it did remind me a bit of Reese Witherspoon’s whimsical performance in A Wrinkle In Time which is not a good thing. Nevertheless, a pretty good film that is entertaining for all the family and a wonderful visual treat #thenutcrackerandthefourrealms#mackenziefoy#helenmirren#richardegrant#morganfreeman#lassehalstrom#joejohnston#filmreview#disney#jennybeavan#mistycopeland
Recensione "LO SCHIACCIANOCI E I QUATTRO REGNI" di Lasse Hallström e Joe Johnston
Mi piace ❤ 👍 Il viaggio: ritrovarsi di fronte ad un racconto (tutto interiore) è sempre bello e, per alcuni punti di vista, rassicurante. Alleati, nemici, animaletti volanti e striscianti, lo schiaccianoci, re, regine, principesse. A volte queste realtà narrative alternative sono una boccata d'aria per la mente dalla realtà. 👍Il cast: volti noti e talentuosi rendono giustizia a questi personaggi narrativi, grazie anche a costumi fiabeschi curati fino al più piccolo dei dettagli. 👍L'atmosfera natalizia: aleggia sulla scena per tutta la durata del film e si fa protagonista nelle luci piccole e calde, nei lineamenti graziosi dei personaggi, nella neve candida e soffice, negli abeti, nei regali, nei colori, nel profumo della sala in cui questo piccolo racconto prende vita. 👍 La colonna sonora: tra cui vorrei ricordare "Fall on me" di Andrea e Matteo Bocelli. Davvero eccezionale!
Non mi piace 💔 👎 L'evoluzione di Clara: il personaggio parte bene, ma ad un certo punto nel suo percorso viene saltato un passaggio. La gradualità nella sua metamorfosi è debole o addirittura assente (in un punto centrale della storia). 👎 I quattro regni: tre di questi vengono fatti vedere per brevissimi istanti, sarebbe stato bello addentrarcisi e conoscerli di più. Così come i loro reggenti, manca l'approfondimento psicologico e narrativo di questi personaggi colorati e, sotto tanti punti di vista, interessanti.
Consigliato: nì 🤞
[Movie Review # 48]
*Spoiler Warning* "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)".
Brace yourself, people.
Since there are lots of things to say,
I will list the things like an report.
I don't know if you guys remember,
but the trailer of this movie
was released in last year.
Which means Disney TRULY
devoted to make this film.
As a Disney fan myself,
I had to watch this.
And...... 1. Good Things
(1) Arrangements of Tchaikovsky's ballet scores
They used Tchaikovsky's music
on proper places in proper timings.
Besides, there is a ballet scene.
It was such a beautiful and graceful scene. (2) Homages to "Fantasia (1940)"
Speaking of Tchaikovsky,
his song was used in Fantasia.
I was so happy when I saw those.
2. BAD THINGS (and main part)
(1) THE PLOT
Disney keeps using exact same plot
in live-action movies?! It's bascially "Narnia" series rip-offs!
IT IS GOD-DAMN SAME!
"Alice in Wonderland (2010)",
"A Wrinkle in Time (2018)",
all these live-action Disney movies are same! (2) CHARACTERS
Clara is similar to Alice from Alice in Wonderland,
in a bad way.
The villian has very weak motivation.
Nutcracker has small portion of time
even though there is "nutcraker" IN THE TITLE.
Besides their acting is too cartoony.
It will work in cartoons,
not in live-action! (3) Feminism = Female Supremacy?
This movie is feminist movie.
When main characters are women,
and all of them are smart, active, strong.
Most of men in here
are wimp, passive, helpless.
You know what Disney movie like this?
"Brave (2012)" and "Maleficent (2014)".
Stop ridiculing and demonizing men.
That's not gender equality.
That's another sexism.
Overall, it is just average movie.
But since this is from Disney,
I am so disappointed.
They are great at animation,
but not at live-action.
Disney, please focus on animation for now.
You are not ready.
Jae's Rating: 3.5/5
I give lower score
since it's god-damn Disney.
And I am gonna watch
"Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)".
They say it is much better.
Oscar nomination prediction : Best production design, Best Costume Design, Movie Rating : 6.8/10
Directors : Lasse Holstrom and Joe Johnston
It started getting chilly in my place and the mood to see something Christmasy took over. Yes, my moods dictate what i should see and it was the reason why at the last minute i opted to see the Nutcracker rather than The Overlord. Did i make the right decision? No (as freakin always)and to the detriment of my long anticipated weekend.
So this exercise of what i have to say about this film is like slaying a month old lamb. I mean, it's Disney, and usually they light up fireworks. But it's not the case with this film. Let me qualify still, as the movie has some good points to brag about. Generally it is watchable but the screenplay was not able to lift the story greater than it is supposed to from the magnificence of its pages.The storyline is Slow Paced, Very Predictable and Muddled. The premise, plots and twists are discriminating to audiences above 3 years of age. It was written like it's only meant to be seen by toddlers. The casting of the Nutcracker himself is Unforgiveable. There was no chemistry between Mackenzie Foy and Jayden Fowora Knight and his performance was so mediocre that i thought i was to wait for another Nutcracker to appear. His character's exposure in the film was too luxurious for such an inferior presence and acting. Foy on the other hand did well and gave the Clara that a drowning audience like me needed.
The film however rebounds in its Visual aspects. The cinematography is sweeping that you couldn't help recognize the aristic angles and framing it observed. It was very generous of effort to stun its audience. The Costume and Production Design are Astounding that its tribute to the story's Russian Roots is very visible and courteous. The ballet however isn't as grand and as captivating as i have expected. Would i still encourage you to see? Hmmm for its stellar visuals, this film could still be a good spectacle for the upcoming holidays 👌 #TheNutcrackerAndTheFourRealms#LasseHolstrom#JoeJohnston#filmreview#filmreviews#filmfestivals#cinephile#filmnerd#filmgeek#cinephilecommunity
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#REVIEW: “The nutcracker and the four realms” is a fantasy action movie loosely based upon the popular tale “Nussknacker und Mausekönig” (E. T. A. Hoffmann: Germany; 1816). I am not too familiar with the source material, so I am not really reviewing this movie as the adaptation it is.
This foreseeable storyline starts with a poor introduction and it never gets off the ground despite its interesting topics. The cast seems attractive, but honestly speaking, in this film, both Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren appear lost and underused whereas these unknown young leads do not have enough talent or experience to lead a cast yet. Moreover, I never liked Keira Knightley.
Although the edition seems clearly improvable, the direction did a good job setting the right tone (not too childish or too adult: right the way a movie like this must be to me) whereas the short length actually makes the viewing pleasant.
The visuals consist of the main strength from this adaptation: The setting, production design and effects look well-elaborated, suitable and natural. There is sadly nothing here to remark in terms of sound though.
In a nutshell, “The nutcracker and the four realms” is an amusing, eye-catching and forgettable adventure which will disappoint those expecting the ultimate adaptation of that tale or one Disney’s great efforts.
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I honestly don’t know why there’s so much hatred towards this new take on the classic Christmas story.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms sure had a perfect ensemble cast.
It also had wonderful production and costume designs, to make it appropriate for the old fashioned Nutcracker take in the new twist.
The music still proves to give a magical feel towards Christmas.
And the visuals were very stunning to watch on the screen.
For my honest opinion, in regards to Holiday films this year, I find The Nutcracker and the Four Realms a worthy treat to watch for the holiday season!
I find it better than the new Grinch, in my opinion!