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So Disney has gone ahead and made a Christmas movie from "The Nutcracker". Is this what we're doing now, making big Hollywood movies from 19th-century ballets? The story is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's original 1816 tale, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," which went on to become a celebrated ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky.Other poor decisions mar the film, including dressing Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant in over-the-top costumes and telling them to act as if they just snorted a case of Snickers bars. Then there's a moment late in the film when you realize that some of the best acting has been delivered by a digital mouse. The lush orchestration of the Tchaikovsky score, with sections repeated in different styles, show off this classic work well.Disney has potentially opened the door to a sequel if this film succeeds, but, to be frank, the film limps to the goal line.
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