The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Release year: 2018
Director: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Screenwriter: Asleigh Powell, E.T.A. Hoffman (short story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’), Marius Petipa and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’)
Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightly, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant, Eugenio Derbez
Young Clara (Foy) is transported into a magical and war-struck kingdom in the search for a key. Here she discovers secrets about her deceased and greatly missed mother and with the help of a loyal nutcracker soldier (Fowora-Knight) searches for the missing key and tries to end the war.
The child-travels-to-magical-land-and-learn-things is tried and tested in movies like The Wizard of Oz (1939) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and now here in this astonishingly beautiful spectacle spiced with the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. Foy (Interstellar, 2014) is perfect as Clara, the right mix of innocence and strength makes her a believable and easy to fall for heroine while Fowora-Knight (Ready Player One, 2018) is charming as the Nutcracker of the title. For some reason the two kings of the realms are left with not much to do though it allows Mirren (RED, 2010) and especially Knightly (Pride and Prejudice, 2005) to shine as the mysterious Mother Ginger and the sugary sweet Sugar Plum. But the biggest asset of the movie is the special effects and the detailed and amazingly stunning set. A true Winter Wonderland with magical touches the world will perhaps be too much for adults who have forgotten their inner child but ought to be lavished by kids with lights in their eyes. It looks undeniable beautiful and there are some mind-blowing and eye-popping scenes with touches of genuine humour and Holiday spirit. Watch it with the closest ballerina-dreaming girl and get in touch with your inner child for the best viewing experience.
Marie was name of the heroine of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s original Nutcracker tale. She was renamed Clara in Alexandre Dumas‘ adaptation, on which the ballet was based. This movie’s heroine is Clara, daughter of Marie.
Picture copyrights: Disney