I was never a big fan
of ballet, an opinion that I strengthened this fall when I attended one
live. The Nutcracker ballet that I saw a few years ago was quite
dull, and I didn't like the interpretation.
This one was pretty good, by those standards. The beginning
was engaging, and actually told a well laid out story. It is unusual
for a movie to go without dialog except for a very brief narration in a
couple of spots, and this one managed very well.
The girl playing the main character, Marie, was very pretty.
I'm surprised she hasn't been in anything since then.
The story, of course, follows Tchaikovsky's music. The
opening scene is nicely played, where the family receives guests, the kids
play, then get presents, and then the Nutcracker is given out by the eccentric
uncle. It is longer than usual, I think, which is a good thing.
Soon everyone is gone, and Marie is dreaming of the Nutcracker,
who is posed as her godfather's nephew. They watch the snowflakes
dance, then attend a banquet, where they watch dances by "hot chocolate,
coffee, candy canes," and many others.
I enjoyed the beginning scenes, as well as a couple of banquet
scenes, and the grand finale, the best. There were quite a few moments
where I felt it was as dull as I remember the ballet being, but they seemed
to be dispersed among the more interesting moments.