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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

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Mackenzie Foy Chats About 'The Nutcracker'

Mackenzie Foy takes us into the fantastical world of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and shares why she loved performing her own stunts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Foy ... Clara
Tom Sweet Tom Sweet ... Fritz
Meera Syal ... Cook
Ellie Bamber ... Louise
Matthew Macfadyen ... Mr. Stahlbaum
Nick Mohammed ... Short Butler
Charles Streeter Charles Streeter ... Tall Butler
Morgan Freeman ... Drosselmeyer
Jayden Fowora-Knight ... Phillip
Prince Prince ... Jingles the Horse
Helen Mirren ... Mother Ginger
Omid Djalili ... Cavalier
Jack Whitehall ... Harlequin
Eugenio Derbez ... Hawthorne
Richard E. Grant ... Shiver
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Storyline

All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's 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, 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, to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,352,491, 4 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,858,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,411,287, 17 January 2019
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Macfadyen is 26 years older then Mackenzie Foy. They play father and daughter. See more »

Goofs

Philip and the others are spared at the last second when the machine turns Sugar Plum back into a toy, removing the life from the soldiers she had brought to life. However, there is no explanation as to why this happens. Marie has died and yet all of the people she created in the Four Realms are still alive. Why do the toy soldiers cease to move just because Sugar Plum is gone? See more »

Quotes

Drosselmeyer: [to Clara; from trailer] Your mother was the cleverest inventor I ever knew.
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Crazy Credits

The Disney logo plays an alternative orchestral version of the "When You Wish Upon A Star" theme. When the logo is complete, Drosselmeyer's owl flies past the castle and into the opening shot of the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

The Nutcracker Suite
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Produced by James Newton Howard
Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Featured Piano Soloist - [Lang Lang]
Lang Lang appears courtesy of Universal Music Limited (Hong Kong)
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Not perfect, but entertaining
3 November 2018 | by jwwalrath-227-85487See all my reviews

Reviews seem really divided on this. Though I admit the film could've been stronger in parts, I was still entertained.

The whole thing looks great with deeply detailed sets, costumes, and makeup that evoke a classic fantasy feel. There are some clever design ideas, especially in the Land of Amusements.

Acting's pretty good. Admittedly the fantasy characters are more interesting. Keira Knightly is fun in a quirky over-the-top performance. There are a couple of fairly funny guards and the Nutcracker himself is likable. Unfortunately, those three are not as well-utilized as they could be, especially considering that the Nutcracker is one of the main characters.

Admittedly, the film is a little weak in the plot department. The main character Clara experiences a by-the-numbers getting over the death of a parent and learning to believe in them-self story-line. The Four Realms and its current threat could've been a lot clearer. Also, we could've spent more time exploring and experiencing the Realms. A little too much time is spent on throwing Clara from plot point to plot point. Her struggles are solidly delivered, but they spend so much time on it at expense of the world-building.

The movie's not perfect, but it's all about the experience. The Nutcracker is fun and looks good. And though the story is flawed, it isn't bad. I think kids will like it and parents will like it or be indifferent.


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