On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie (Cohen) falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her ... See full summary »
The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »
It is Christmas Eve, and the Stahlbaum family is happily unwrapping their Christmas gifts. After all the merriment, seven-year-old Marie receives a very special gift--a mysterious ... See full summary »
1920s Vienna. Nine-year-old Mary lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. Bothered by bratty brother Max and neglected by well intentioned, but distracted, parents, she yearns for companionship and adventure. On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as "NC," he takes her on a wondrous journey through a stunning dimension where toys assume human form and everything appears ten times larger. But danger lurks. An army of toothy rat creatures, led by the flamboyant Rat King and his devious mother, has unleashed a plot to overthrow humanity. When NC is captured and placed under a paralytic spell, Mary, Max and a spirited band of toy sidekicks must rescue him from the Rat King's clutches and thwart his wicked plans to 'ratify' the world. Written by
When the Rat Queen bites the Rat King's ear as a punishment for being whiny, he stumbles away from her, pressing a hand to his ear and crying "You bit me!", looking very pained. However, when the Rat Queen stops yelling at him, you can still see him standing in the same position and with the same pained expression, but in the next shot (a second later), he's standing in a quite normal position, looking angry rather than pained. See more »
I watched this movie several times in spite of some very negative reviews. I must say some, not all of the criticism is valid.
I think Charlie Rowe is superb. His facial expressions and body language are right on and not over acted. They range from amazed joy to quiet reminiscence as well as outright dejected disbelief. I felt every one of his emotions with one look at his face. Now try and tell me that isn't acting. On the other hand the Snow Fairy, all be she very beautiful, was rather flippant and maybe even glib. Probably because her lines could have been phrased better. All the other characters were believable and enjoyable in their own ways. Except for my personal dislike for Uncle Albert's fronts to the audience. Just my personal preference, you are welcome to enjoy them.
Apparently the movie was not shot in 3D but enhanced in post production. As far as I am concerned that was a waste of good money. Even if some of it may have been spent in Vancouver Canada. (I know some VFX was done here. Whether for the 3D or not I don't know.) Perhaps movies originally shot in 3D would come across more natural.
It is obvious a lot of the movie is on the cutting room floor. If this ever comes out in DVD I hope they publish the full director's version. If they do I will definitely pay premium price to add this to my collection.
Will I see it again? Yes, if it ever comes here again. Love the kids, the Rat King's antics, his Mother's expressions and the ending.
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