“The Nutcracker in 3D” has been released, and Andrey Konchalovskiy is the film’s director, producer and writer. The movie is based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet, but this is a much darker version of the classic tale.
The movie is set in Vienna during the 1920s, and Mary receives a nutcracker doll from her Uncle Albert. The story follows Mary as the nutcracker comes to life as a prince on Christmas. The two children are transported to the nutcracker’s kingdom and have to fight the Rat King, and they meet a variety of characters and attempt to restore the prince to his throne.
“The Nutcracker in 3D” falls short of people’s expectations for a 3D movie. Most of the time, the 3D effects do not enhance the film, and there are points in the film with blurry and shaky images. In addition, the actual story line is also disappointing because “The Nutcracker in 3D” strays greatly from the classic ballet. Although the movie begins with a normal family and life in Vienna, it quickly descends into darkness. The Rat King’s world is filled with mutilation and murder, so this movie may be too scary for young children. There are scenes of a shark being tortured, and it is recommended that you take children who are capable of handling this kind of dark imagery.
Many people have been surprised by the music in this film. There are several versions of “The Nutcracker,” and most people know Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Although some of the original music is included in “The Nutcracker in 3D,” Tim Rice has added new songs and lyrics. There are several musical numbers but almost no dancing. Sadly, the original music is mostly in the background, and the new songs are not perfect.
Critics and viewers have noticed the similarities between “The Nutcracker in 3D” and other films about the Holocaust. It is difficult to ignore the connections. In one scene, toys are burned, and this strongly resembles “Schindler’s List.” Also, the Rat King’s army wears costumes similar to the Nazis. Moreover, the Rat King is trying to establish a totalitarian regime and conquer humanity.
Many people did not enjoy “The Nutcracker in 3D,” and almost everyone at the movie theater agreed with critics. One woman remarked that she wasted her money and wanted a refund. Several children cried during the film while some people left during the screening. The majority of the audience was not prepared for this movie and felt it ruined the classic.
“The Nutcracker in 3D” is not a sweet fairy tale. It has been transformed into a dark and evil world. This movie has lost the connection to the original ballet and replaced it with a horrible fantasy.