The Nutcracker in 3D gets a trailer
I'd forgotten about the live action version of The Nutcracker and so when the trailer hit today I was surprised to see it, surprised because it turns into a Peter Pan/action-adventure type film of quite epic proportion, and I'm sure that Tchaikovsky would be delighted that his Nutcracker is associated with the film.
Although maybe not after seeing the trailer. You do get a sense of some big fantasy adventure that is going to have a huge dose of action in there too, but the voice over is so wrong for the material, and there's a little too much emphasis on the action.
There's also a little too much, although not as bad as we've seen, representation from the 3D element – things close to or flying at the screen - but it's that voice over that kills it for me.
The Nutcracker film stars Richard E. Grant, Nathan Lane, Elle Fanning, Aaron Michael Drozin and John Tuturro and written and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The title is showing as Nutcracker and the Rat King, but it seems to be going with the catchier The Nutcracker in 3D.
Here's the blurb for the film version:
From the imagination of acclaimed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, the cherished story of The Nutcracker will be brought to life in spectacular 3D this holiday season. The Nutcracker in 3D follows nine-year-old Mary (Elle Fanning) whose dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane) and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker. On Christmas night, Mary's new friend, The Nutcracker (Charlie Rowe) or "NC," comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life. Mary soon realizes that this fantastical kingdom is facing danger from the tyrannical rule of the evil Rat King (John Turturro) and his devious mother (Frances de la Tour). When NC is taken hostage, Mary and her newfound toy friends must uncover the secret of the Rat King to rescue NC and his kingdom. Based on the story that inspired acclaimed Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsky to create the music for the iconic ballet, the film includes eight exciting new songs penned by Oscar-winning lyricist and librettist Sir Tim Rice (The Lion King, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).
I'm not overly impressed, of course there's a good line-up of names in the cast list, and not just western names either, it's a real mixed bag of talent. However the trailer really hasn't sold it to me.