Christ­mas clas­sic gets a re­boot

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Rated PG Stars Macken­zie Foy, Keira Knight­ley, He­len Mir­ren, Mor­gan Free­man, Richard E. Grant Di­rec­tor Lasse Hall­strom Re­view by Leigh Paatsch

Yes, this is in­deed the same Nutcracker made fa­mous by many a bal­let com­pany, with a stel­lar WA Bal­let pro­duc­tion now show­ing at His Majesty’s The­atre.

How­ever, aside from a few (ad­mit­tedly glo­ri­ous) dance se­quences, toes will not be twin­kling and tu­tus will not be twirling in this live-ac­tion re-imag­i­na­tion of The Nutcracker fa­ble from Dis­ney.

The set­ting laid out by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is Vic­to­rian-era Lon­don, where a bright young girl named Clara (Macken­zie Foy) is look­ing for a key to un­lock an or­nate gift left by her late mother. Clara’s search takes her through a Nar­nia-like por­tal to not one, but four al­ter­nate di­men­sions: the lands of Flow­ers, Snowflakes, Sweets and Amuse­ments.

Each mys­te­ri­ous realm is reigned over by a colour­ful re­gent, the stand-outs of which are Keira Knight­ley as the de­light­fully know­ing Sugar Plum Fairy, and He­len Mir­ren as the archly in­tim­i­dat­ing Mother Gin­ger.

While the movie is beau­ti­ful to look at, its en­ergy lev­els in sus­tain­ing viewer in­ter­est in Clara’s ad­ven­tures can fluc­tu­ate markedly.

There were re­port­edly cre­ative prob­lems dur­ing shoot­ing, which per­haps af­fected the fi­nal out­come.

In­deed, there are pe­ri­ods dur­ing which the whole ex­pe­ri­ence feels as if it is cruis­ing on au­topi­lot.

A nice enough fam­ily film, but per­haps not as mem­o­rable as it might have been.

Pic­ture: AP

Keira Knight­ley and Macken­zie Foy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

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