Disney’s next major live-action fantasy is The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, based loosely on the famous Nutcracker ballet. Somehow we don’t think you will see this on a stage in your hometown any time soon.
The movie looks visually stunning, but it has a definite ‘sameness’ feeling to it as the two Alice films. I just wouldn’t have been shocked if someone had told me this was a third film in that series.
Here’s the official synopsis.
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.
The Nutcracker and The Four Realms hits theaters on Nov. 2.