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Ballerina

Ballerina (2017)

Set in 1879 Paris. 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.

Release Date: August 25, 2017

66 Movie Reviews
  • adroit_avimimus
    adroit_avimimus7 months44 popcornFeatured
    Ballerina is an animation that's ideal for junior balletomanes, and is at its best in the dancing scenes, which are animated with verve and realism, with every leap and pirouette finely rendered. The movie is a comical and visual treat. And there's a touching ending. The voice cast, too, was exceptional, enlivening dialogue that frequently sounds as though it has lost a little something in translation. The film, although is full of common places, has its greater interest in the recreation of that Paris and in some choreographies that only the drawing makes possible. Even though it seeks to fit in trying to look like an American animation, its scent of illustrated European children's story is perceived. Of course 'Ballerina' isn't immune to flaws. The story is very familiar and does get predictable, while the characters are very likable but slightly skim-surface archetypes. However, this may seem very nit-picky and can easily be ignored by people and only problems for the toughest of critics. However, the animation is very good, often excellent, especially in the beautifully studied and meticulous background details and the intricate and graceful choreography that synchronises with the music very well and shows animators that have clearly done their homework. As said, the soundtrack does mostly work, while the script makes a real attempt to appeal to both children and adults (being a family film) and, with a nice mix of humour, pathos and life values and never being over-complicated or childish, it does succeed. The story, even with the familiarity and predictability, goes at a neat pace and as well as having a lot of charm and heart the messaging never comes over as preachy and very much valuable. It is also easy to see why anybody would find it inspiring and easy to relate to. Even though archetypal, the characters are still likable, the title character has her flaws but it is easy to quickly warm to her. The voice acting, DeHaan aside, is strong, with Elle Fanning and Carly Rae Jensen bringing emotion and spirit to their characters and Maddie Ziegler stealing the show. In summary, a familiar film but a very charming one to be watched.
    • mirembeclaire37
      mirembeclaire379 months55 popcorn
      Cool movie so full of inspo
      • techfashion0315
        techfashion03159 months55 popcornFeatured
        I loved this movie. Super motivating and music that makes you want to sing right along with the singer. This girl lives in a colorless orphanage since she was very little. Here she finds her gift and talent for dancing. With her friend, she and him set off to Paris for a better life, fleeing the cruelty of the orphanage. In Paris, the girl gets a job as a maid. And the woman she works alongside with was a former ballerina but a accident stopped her from achieving her goals of becoming a professional ballerina. Once the orphan tells this woman about her love for ballet, the woman helps her achieve her goals of going to an expensive ballet school. But sadly, the dreams fade when the woman they are working for has a daughter who is a very competitive ballerina in training. But when a letter in the mail addressed to the daughter arrives, the orphan opens it, and it is an invitation to that expensive school she wanted to go to. Not tell the real girl that the letter came, the orphan goes to the school in the daughter's name. All is going well until they find out and the orphan is sent back to the orphanage. But the headmaster of the orphanage takes pity on the orphan and returns her back to Paris to attend the school in her own name. the movie ends with the orphan dancing with a famous ballerina. I am sorry I was so nondescript about the names of the characters, I forgot what the names were. But anyway, I suggest it for people who like ballet, adventure, slight humor, and inspirational films. 5 popcorns!
        • purplepearls
          purplepearls11 months55 popcorn
          Amazing movie, I do not know why it is so underrated
          • galaxy_safire
            galaxy_safireabout 1 year55 popcorn
            This is a great movie it teaches you to follow your dreams and never give up even though others don't want you to follow your dream. So like the girl who wanted to to be a ballerina we could follow our dream for example if you want to be an explorer do it! So don't be afraid to follow your dream like the ballerina I love the dance battle between two ballerinas that's my favourite part! I recommend this movie please try and watch it! Just saying follow me please if you like this review!😁😎
            • zoeyyang
              zoeyyangabout 1 year55 popcorn
              I like this movie
              • angelachang
                angelachangabout 1 year55 popcorn
                She is a great dancer
                • starlite_safire
                  starlite_safireabout 1 year55 popcornFeatured
                  I love this movie it's the kinda movie that inspires you to follow your dreams and never give up despite opposition my favourite part is when the two ballerinas battling for the part in the Nutcracker play dance battle to see who the best dancer is well at the end of that part one of the ballerinas ends up doing an extraordinary move which I can' tell you because it would be a SPOILER!😎🤩 Well I love this movie because one ballerina never gives up on her passion on her dream, of being a ballerina! That's why this movie is great!😘😁🤗😎
                  • jujubinha
                    jujubinhaover 1 year44 popcorn
                    Perfect, just perfect.
                    • angelhopem2029
                      angelhopem2029over 1 year55 popcorn
                      I LOVE IT! It;s is awesome and heartwarming and is AWESOME! :D Hope you'll enjoy it! :D!