“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”: Disney’s Worst-Reviewed Movie in 2018 or Winter Fairy-Tail We All Wanted?

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Disney’s live-action film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” inspired by the classic ballet The Nutcracker, hits theaters on Friday, Nov.2.

With controversial critics reviews and scores, Nexter.org still prepared for you key things you should know about the movie before watching.

What the movie is about?

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An adaptation of the German fairy-tale and the Tchaikovsky ballet, the signifies the studio’s further attempts to expand their live-action output beyond remakes of their classic cartoons and Pirates of the Caribbean sequels.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston, the film stars Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, and retells the classic with a greater focus on narrative over the spectacle of dance (although ballerina Misty Copeland does make an appearance).

Music

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The Nutcracker score is iconic. From the opening shot of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms through the closing credits, the film takes Tchaikovsky’s music and mixes it up.

Some parts will feel familiar: For example, the party music matches the party scene, and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” plays while Clara walks through snow.

Yet some parts are entirely unexpected, with riffs that you’ve never heard before. While purists might take umbrage with this remix, we found it both pleasantly surprising and sweetly sentimental.

Costumes

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Costumes can make any dance production extraordinary, and the costumes in this film are sure to please. From Sugar Plum’s frilly gowns to Clara’s iconic nightgown, these costumes remind us of the sense of magic and joy that we felt as young Nutcracker-goers.

Annoying and predictable

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It feels like even children — especially in this era of on-demand entertainment and content saturation — will find the film annoying and predictable. Its recycled plot, garish costume design, and half-hearted callbacks to the original add nothing to the beloved of “The Nutcracker.”

Disney’s worst-reviewed movie in 2018

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Disney’s take on the classic ballet, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, is the studio’s worst reviewed movie of 2018.

Currently, the movie has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% and a Metacritic number of 37.

Disney’s worst-reviewed film of 2018 up until The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was A Wrinkle in Time, and that still managed to surpass its paltry review scores with 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and 53 on Metacritic.

It may be purely coincidence that Disney’s two critical disappointments of the year are both live-action adaptations of non-Disney properties, but it speaks volumes to the studio’s struggle to maintain this particular strategy in the long-term.


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