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The Nutcracker – Film Review

The Nutcracker hasn’t been one of my favourite stories growing up, but when I saw the trailer, I had to see it! I went to the pre-screening at Ster Kinekor and I think the graphics were amzing. The film did seem to have a particularly slow pace, but I think it’s because it’s not like those other stories where there is so much more of a storyline to fit into a two hour film but I think they told the story perfectly.

They chose the perfect lead roles, especially Keira Knightley, who was born for these roles! 

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Rating: TBD
Release Date: Nov. 2, 2018
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen,
Richard E. Grant, Sergei Polunin, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Omid
Djalili, Jack Whitehall, Meera Syal, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, with Helen
Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Producers: Mark Gordon, Larry Franco
Executive producers: Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein
Screenplay by: Ashleigh Powell and Simon Beaufoy
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) 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 (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 and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The
Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic
tale. In cinemas on Nov. 2, 2018.
Abbreviated description:
When Clara finds herself in a strange and mysterious parallel world that’s home to Land of Snowflakes, Land
of Flowers and Land of Sweets, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm and its ruling tyrant, Mother
Ginger, to return harmony to the unstable world.
 E.T.A. Hoffmann penned “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” in 1816. Alexandre Dumas Père’s
subsequent adaptation, “The Nutcracker,” was set to Tchaikovsky’s music and the resulting ballet was
commissioned in 1891 by director of the Russian Imperial Theatres. Premiering a week before Christmas
in 1892, the fairytale ballet—which takes place on Christmas Eve—became a holiday tradition around the
world. The New York City Ballet first performed George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” in 1954.

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