I liked it when I was little...
This was my favorite movie when I was little. I even collect nutcrackers now, partly because of this movie. (In case you're wondering, I have around 35 of them). Now that I'm a teen, though, I have some issues. It's a family tradition to watch the ballet "The Nutcracker", and I've seen it ten times in my life. This movie has twisted, romanticized, and changed the plot almost beyond recognition. Where did the rock monster come from? (Yes, I know the creepy Mouse King made him, I mean "Why is he in this story now?") Why is that bat, Pim, in there? Who is Captain Candy, and whose weird idea was it to add him in here? The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on. Now, I know, little kids would probably be bored if it was identical to the ballet, but for goodness sakes, would it kill them to make it a BIT truer to the classic story? Also, this movie was so CGI it was almost painful to watch. And a few times, there were such bad animation errors, I had to ask if there were any editors there. Like, Barbie petted a horse, but her hand wasn't even touching the horse. Or, she and Nutcracker hugged, but they weren't even touching, Also, since when was the little brother named Tommy? TOMMY?! Anyone who has seen the ballet will know that the brother's name is Fritz. *facepalm* Anyways, the movie wasn't ALL bad. I liked the action scenes, and the music from the ballet that they added in as background music made me super happy. (As you can tell, I'm PASSIONATE about all things Nutcracker. Oh, and, the little snow fairy and flower fairy are SOOOO cute!! LOL. Also, Clara is a pretty good role model, even if she is way too skinny. (Really, Barbie?) Besides, the plotline IS great, if you aren't comparing it to the ballet. Also, when Nutcracker/Prince Eric was on the brink of death after the climactic battle with Mouse King, I freaked out and started squeezing a pillow, even though I knew he was fine (As I said, I watched that movie about every other day when I was 4) and his "Don't worry about me, I'm just wood..." line just about made me break down in tears. And then...well...I won't reveal any spoilers. Sorry if it seemed like I was rambling there, but those are my thoughts. Thanks for reading!
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Positive role models
Violence & scariness