The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) – Movie Review

Review of 2018 Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

STORYLINE: All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s 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, 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, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

Director: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Writer: Ashleigh Powell
Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Runtime: 1h 39min
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
US MPAA Rating: PG
Canadian MPA Rating: PG

Budget: $120-133 million
Opening Weekend Box Office: $20 million

DANNYMALT SCORE: 5.5
IMDB Score: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
Metascore: 39
Box Office and Review Scores as of November 7, 2018.

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