Miss­ing that magic touch

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

House’s iconic bad­dies and the all-over-the­p­lace dy­namic sees an un­der-utilised Mor­gan Free­man (Drosselmeyer) share a billing with a grat­ing Jack White­hall (Har­le­quin) and Omid Djalili (Cav­a­lier).

Speak­ing of grat­ing, Keira Knight­ley’s Sugar Plum and her su­per­sonic-like vo­cal chords will leave you wish­ing you’d taken some earplugs along to the cinema – and have you reach­ing for a cou­ple of painkillers af­ter­wards!

Ash­leigh Pow­ell makes her writ­ing de­but here and the story of­fers so lit­tle you’d be for­given for won­der­ing if her script was penned on a postage stamp.

Once the key pieces are put in place, the movie coasts along hop­ing that the big­ger names among the cast and the bub­blegum vi­su­als will dis­tract from the fact noth­ing of con­se­quence is hap­pen­ing.

Given the Nutcracker’s bal­let be­gin­nings, there’s also a crim­i­nal lack of danc­ing or mu­si­cal se­quences that not even the in­clu­sion of fa­mil­iar, and wel­come, Tchaikovsky notes can save.

We go to a Dis­ney film to see peo­ple tri­umph against the odds, fun sec­ondary char­ac­ters, jaw-drop­ping mag­i­cal mo­ments and get swept up in catchy tunes.

The Nutcracker is miss­ing all but the first of those el­e­ments and also doesn’t have the courage to in­ject a true sense of dan­ger that most of the stu­dio’s best flicks are renowned for.

Let’s hope that next month’s Mary Pop­pins Re­turns can sup­ply the won­der and wow fac­tor Dis­ney fans have come to ex­pect.

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