Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Film Review -

★★★★★ (PG)

CHRIST­MAS comes but once a year and, thank­fully, so too does a grand folly like this.

In­spired by The Nutcracker bal­let and E.T.A. Hoff­man’s short story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King, this lav­ishly staged ad­ven­ture is a glit­ter­ing bauble: daz­zling but com­pletely hol­low.

Clara (Macken­zie Foy) looks for­ward to an­other Christ­mas with her god­fa­ther Drosselmeyer (Mor­gan Free­man).

Fol­low­ing a length of twine in the gar­den of Drosselmeyer’s es­tate, Clara finds her­self at the snow-laden gate­way to four mag­i­cal realms.

Su­gar Plum Fairy (Keira Knight­ley), Snow Realm King (Richard E Grant) and Flower Realm King (Eu­ge­nio Der­bez) pre­side over three of the king­doms in har­mony but the fourth is the do­main of Mother Gin­ger (Dame He­len Mir­ren).

She’s de­clared war on her neigh­bours and is mar­shalling an army to seal their down­fall.

Clara pledges her sup­port to over­throw Mother Gin­ger and heads into bat­tle flanked by hand­some soldier Phillip (Jay­den Fowora-Knight).

Macken­zie Foy as Clara and Keira Knight­ley as The Su­gar Plum Fairy

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