A girl (Mackenzie Foy) finds herself transported to a magical world because of a special key gifted by her late mother. There she meets a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) who accompanies her on a journey to retrieve her key and fight against a wicked regime in the land. Based on the classic ballet The Nutcracker, this film is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston.~Zach Atreiu Pinpin
I was skeptical about this after reading some reviews, but I decided to give it a try. I’m happy that I got it. Really enjoyed it, and the SteelBook looks beautiful. Gorgeous sets and costumes. This was a great deal for $6.99!
I saw a number of negative reviews on it and I was totally surprised to see how much I enjoyed it. It's very different from the classic Nutcracker story, but it's an interesting story nonetheless, accompanied by impressive visuals. In a nice touch, the movie also features a nice tribute to Walt Disney's Fantasia. I was also impressed when I heard so much of Tchaikovsky's music in the score.
Given the so-so reviews and lackluster box office (or so I recall) for this movie, I went in with lower expectations. The movie itself was a pleasant surprise, reminiscent in many ways of the original Chronicles of Narnia film with the character exploring a new realm after passing through a magic portal. It's not as good as that film, but definitely worth a watch if you enjoy this type of movie.
I grew up with the Nut Cracker Sweet being a "ballet dance". However, if you watch this with that expectation, you will be "dismayed". My mom and sister, didn't like it and thought it was quite "weird". We loved it. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy person, you will most likely enjoy this movie