Next Screening? “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

There’s an embargo on this film, a review that won’t see the light of day until All Hallow’s Eve.

Disney landed Keira Knightley, and Keira 2.0, aka young Mackenzie Foy, along with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

It opens Thursday night, and one wonders if Disney’s fondness for making the most of “brands” isn’t about to blow up on them.

I mean, “The Nutcracker” ballet is something a tiny percentage of kids find enchanting, and the rest of us were dragged to it, endured the evening of blatantly symbolic dance (You still have to tell tiny tots the story”) or saw a version on TV and didn’t warm to it.

No, it’s not the ballet, but the branding in this case could be a “Oh NO Mommy” turn off for a lot of viewers.

It could do well, but one has a nagging feeling the weekend belongs to Freddie Mercury and families may not be up to a true “holiday” kids’ fantasy quite just yet.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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