For those of us looking for a respite from the traditional holiday blockbusters, the upcoming Disney feature film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms looks like a great choice! As the name suggests the movie is indeed based on the classic ‘The Nutcracker’ with a liberal dash of Disney magic on it. The vibrant and colorful costumes and sets look so amazing, a total feast for the eyes. And, oh yes, it has Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley in it too.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.