Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) It’s not of­ten Dis­ney doesn’t de­liver; whether an­i­ma­tion or live-ac­tion, their big screen out­ings are nor­mally at least en­joy­able.

Sadly, this re-telling of E.T. A. Hoff­mann’s short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Mar­ius Petipa’s The Nutcracker is sorely lack­ing the stu­dio’s trade­mark magic.

The story is a fa­mil­iar one as young­ster Clara (Macken­zie Foy) is trans­ported into a fan­ta­sy­filled world when she gets her hands on a mys­te­ri­ous key.

So far so Alice in Won­der­land, but Dis­ney’s Nutcracker could’ve done with em­brac­ing the kook­i­ness and darker tone run­ning through­out their take on the Lewis Car­roll fairy­tale as this is shal­low, day-glow fare in com­par­i­son.

Which is a shame as Foy does some pow­er­ful work as our guid­ing light; she isn’t just a wideeyed pres­ence swept up in her plight, but a de­ter­mined, in­tel­li­gent young woman wor­thy of a more modern hero­ine.

Co-di­rec­tors Lasse Hall­ström and Joe John­ston also do a good job with the vi­su­als as ev­ery scene is burst­ing with colour and the cos­tumes and sets look like they must have cost a for­tune to whip up.

Ev­ery­thing else, though, ei­ther misses the mark or feels re­cy­cled from ear­lier, su­pe­rior Dis­ney out­ings.

He­len Mir­ren’s Mother Gin­ger doesn’t evoke enough menace to rate as one of the Mouse

Fan­tasy friends Foy (Clara) and Knight­ley (Sugar Plum Fairy)

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