Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Disney Braces for a $130 Million-Plus Disaster This Weekend with “Nutcracker: The Four Realms”


If only Disney could have figured out a way to include Avengers characters in the “Nutcracker.”

Alas, after a summer of hit-after-hit from the comic book side, the Mouse House now braces for a huge disaster with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

Reviews are embargoed until Halloween night, less than 24 hours before preview audiences will see the much beleaguered movie.

Cost of “Four Realms” is minimum $130 million but probably in the realm of $200 million. Original director Lasse Hallstrom must have been in over his head. He’s such a good director but perhaps this was too much. He was replaced, some of the film was re-shot, and now it carries two director’s names. (The other one is Joe Johnston.)

Despite having Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, “Four Realms” is evidently overpowered by no focus and too much pocus. One sign that it’s very bad– aside from no reviews– is that it’s been cut down to 99 minutes. Sometimes we say, This movie was too long. In this case, it’s the opposite. “FOur Realms” has obviously been shredded.

Disney has trouble with this kind of movie. “A Wrinkle in Time” was only released last March– and flopped famously. This is a second wrinkle. They need to iron this stuff out.

Ah, well: next year, bring us “The Nutcracker: Iron Man and Captain America” dance it out, and then we’ll be onto something!


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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