The Nutcracker in 3D is the latest adaptation of the famous ballet for the silver screen. Although it is a Russian production, it was filmed in English and most of the stars are from Hollywood rather than Moscow.
The director, Andrei Konchalovsky, said: “I would like grown-ups to watch this movie and be spell-bound too, for them to become children again for a moment.”
The parts of the Mother and the Fairy are played by Konchalovsky’s wife Yulia Vysotskaya, the budget was huge and the use of CGI is extensive.
That could be why the film was panned by critics when it was shown in the US over Christmas.
The alternative title, ‘The Curse of the King Rat’ gives the game away with some saying the film is too dark, too realistic and does not have enough ballet or Tchaikovsky to please Nutcracker fans.
The director blamed the bad reviews on the film’s Russian origins, hoping that it might be better received in Europe and Asia, but audiences will doubtless make up their own minds about a ballet film with no dancing, little music and an army of terrifying metal rats.
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