THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
PG / 99 MINS / OUT 2 NOVEMBER DIRECTORS Lasse Hallström,
CAST Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-knight, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Morgan Freeman
HERE’S A FILM for the little princess inside us all. Happily, underneath its glitter and sparkle, there’s a surprisingly coherent story. Our heroine Clara (Foy) is mourning her mother when she stumbles into a fantasy world. There, she’s drawn into a conflict between the terrifying Mother Ginger (Mirren) and Sugar Plum (Knightley), with plucky nutcracker Phillip (Fowora-knight) to help. The plot’s suffered major changes — note the two credited directors — but it effectively addresses grief, and when it sticks to that theme the solid cast and fun villain make it work. Those with a sweet tooth will love it.