Director: Emile Ardolino
Starring: Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel, Kyra Nichols, Bart Robinson Cook, Macaulay Culkin, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Kevin Kline
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
My reaction was...interesting, to say the least. "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" is named after the famed choreographer who directed the famous New York version of the show that was one of few versions to feature children. As such, the show is designed to have dancing that is not as complex as the shows that would predominantly feature adults. While most will agree this version is technically inferior to most, the sight of seeing actual children in the show adds a charm that the technically superior versions can not offer. That said, this production is also on stage, where live performances can be challenging to ones with short legs. This is a movie, which means there can be cuts, breaks, and even special effects to help aid the young dancers. Oddly enough, though it is a film, the movie doesn't seem at all interested in using any of the advantages a film would have over a live production.