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Ballerina (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Ballerina
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Eric Summer, Eric Warin
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen
About: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmK7X0swHrE

My Review:
Having saw this on my recommended for me list on Netflix I thought I would give it a watch and see if this movie was any good. As someone who loves dance movies and animation I was hoping for this to be better than it was and it did let me down a little bit as a result.

I did like that Ballerina showed how both children were best friends and didn't give up on their dreams and wanted to achieve them together by running away to Paris. By showing the lengths both of the children will go to in order to make their dreams come true was also nice to see with the boy doing cleaning jobs for an inventor and creating wings in order to fly and the girl stealing someone's identity in order to join a ballet school and have the chance to perform in The Nutcracker. I also liked how at the ending of the movie the girl who was her rival after stealing her identity realised the passion in which the main character had and that she was a better dancer as a result so gave her the position to dance at the opera. By also showing how the people at the orphanage actually cared for the girl as well and wanted to see her dreams come true and after seeing her passion leave when she returned tried to help her by taking her back to Paris was really sweet as it showed just how much they cared about her and wanted her to be happy. Not only this but I did like that during this movie it showed how the Statue of Liberty was made in France and was gifting it to America which showed a bit of history within it. Having this film also as an animation was something I enjoyed as it made the film more visually interesting and nicer to witness.

However, I did think that the main villain in this movie seemed very predictable and has been done over and over in other movies and didn't seem original to me at all in the way she acted or the way that she looked. I also wish that they had done more with the mother who had given her up as when in a flashback to when she was a baby and dancing together and she was doing ballet it seemed like a great way of bringing that in at a later time, however they seemed to do nothing with this. At times this film also did lose my interest which did rather upset me as I wanted to keep interest in this film throughout.

Overall, this is a film in which would be good for children who are wanting an adventure movie and one that involves dancing as well. I personally wouldn't see this film again however it wasn't a bad movie.

My Rating: 3/5 

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