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Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

The Nutcracker, it’s my favorite classical music of all time. As a child, I would listen to The Nutcracker every night (and it didn’t even have to be Christmas time.) The music was magical, transporting me to another world where I was a ballerina dancing gracefully to the lilting melodies of the album.

In November of 2018, Disney released a live-action adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story and it was bombarded with awful reviews by the critics. It currently has a 33% critics and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and sits at a 5.5 out of 10-star ratings on IMDb. Pretty dismal right?

Don’t believe the haters.

I watched this film very recently and I was like, “What’s so terrible about this film?”

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Yeah, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen but it wasn’t as horrible as everyone seemed to claim either. The same thing happened with A Wrinkle in Time. People said it was a horrible film but when I watched it I was pleasantly surprised.

Both of these films have predictable storylines, yes, but these are children’s movies. They are designed to inspire, not win Oscars for Best Picture. For children, especially little girls, films like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and A Wrinkle in Time celebrate the power of girls and how we can find ways to be heroes against all odds.

If you’re a parent and you have little children I highly recommend you watch this with your family this holiday season. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. And besides, who doesn’t love The Nutcracker?

I’m giving this film 87 out of 100 and 3.75 out 5 stars. Like I said, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen (not b a long shot) but it is way better than people are saying.

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‘Million Dollar Baby’ Is a Masterpiece

When I think of an iconic boxing film I immediately think of Rocky, one of the best movies ever made. Rocky is the penultimate sporting film. It highlights the classic tale of the underdog, an underdog that would become synonymous with the city of Philadelphia, becoming the city’s symbolic mascot.

You hear the “Rocky” theme before every Philadelphia Eagles games, some of Philadelphia’s’ most famous attractions attribute to the film’s iconic Rocky statue and the stairs before the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Katy Perry gives a shoutout to “Eye of the Tiger” in the chorus of her song “Roar.

It’s simple, the movie changed America and it definitely changed the thought of sporting films. Million Dollar Baby could’ve easily been a carbon copy of the most iconic sporting film of all time but instead, it managed to forge its own path, telling a story that was both beautiful and moving at the same time.

I’ve heard of this movie but never felt the urge to watch it. I’m glad I did. A few nights ago, I sat down and watched the film expecting something along the lines of Rocky. It was far from trying to be Rocky and that’s why it’s so great. By the conclusion of the film, I was crying nonstop. I thought I knew how the story was going to end but it only continued to shock me in ways I wasn’t expecting right to the very last second.

Morgan Freeman won his only Oscar for the film and deservedly so. He was magnificent. Absolutely magnificent. Besides his role as Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight trilogy, this was definitely my favorite role of his. And Clint Eastwood alongside Hilary Swank was just as impressive. Honestly, this is one of those movies that you’ll want to watch because it is that good and yes, it deserves to stand alongside Rocky as only the second boxing movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

I think you can guess what I’m giving this movie. 100 out 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

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My Experience Watching ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ For the First Time

Being an African-American in the United States, Driving Miss Daisy is a film that whether you watch it or not, you know the movie’s premise, but not in a good way. For years I’ve heard about this movie by prominent African-Americans who have painted a rather grim picture of a Best Picture-winning film that was apparently, in their views, semi-racist.

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And judging by the poster, they weren’t wrong. I mean, a movie about a black man carting around an old white lady around during a time of America when black peoples’ rights were practically nonexistent? Yeah, it’ll make an African-America skeptical. However, after watching the film, I have vastly different feelings about the movie. In fact, I loved it! Continue reading My Experience Watching ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ For the First Time

The Three-Decade-Old Film ‘Outbreak’ is Taking Netflix By Storm

Twenty-five-years ago in 1995 big-name actors such as Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman joined forces to star in an action film focused on the horrifying outbreak of a  deadly contagious virus. Sounds familiar, huh?

I’ve never of the film a day in my life but thanks to the infamous COVID-19, it’s now one of the most-watched movies on Netflix. And guess what? My family and I ended up watching it as well.

Outbreak isn’t a good film, far from it, but its relevancy to the very events that plague the world at this moment made me watch the entire movie from beginning to end. There were deaths, there were panic and mass hysteria, but at the film’s conclusion, humanity had prevailed. A cure had been found and lives were being saved.

In a time when it seems like this very year of 2020 has been somewhat shut down it’s nice to see a film that highlights the power of the human spirit even under such dismal circumstances.

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Why Do People Not Like ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’?

The Nutcracker, it’s my favorite classical music of all time. As a child, I would listen to The Nutcracker every night (and it didn’t even have to be Christmas time.) The music was magical, transporting me to another world where I was a ballerina dancing gracefully to the lilting melodies of the album.

Last November, Disney released a live-action adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story and it was bombarded with awful reviews by the critics. It currently has a 33% critics and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and sits at a 5.5 out of 10-star ratings on IMDb. Pretty dismal right?

Don’t believe the haters.

I watched this film very recently and I was like, “What’s so terrible about this film?”

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Yeah, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen but it wasn’t as horrible as everyone seemed to claim either. The same thing happened with A Wrinkle in Time. People said it was a horrible film but when I watched it I was pleasantly surprised.

Both of these films have predictable storylines, yes, but these are children’s movies. They are designed to inspire, not win Oscars for Best Picture. For children, especially little girls, films like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and A Wrinkle in Time celebrate the power of girls and how we can find ways to be heroes against all odds.

If you’re a parent and you have little children I highly recommend you watch this with your family this holiday season. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. And besides, who doesn’t love The Nutcracker?

I’m giving this film 87 out of 100 and 3.75 out 5 stars. Like I said, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen (not b a long shot) but it is way better than people are saying.

Next stop, Christopher Robin. Critics and the audience proclaim Christopher Robin to be way better than both of these films. I want to see if they’re right or not.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.