The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

In this movie, loosely based on the Nutcracker ballet and the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a young girl is transported to a magical world of gingerbread soldiers that happens to have an army of mice.  

In a word, this movie was, quite simply, good.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t necessarily something to write home about either.  It was nice to see Mackenzie Foy all grown up though.  It’s been about six years since The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn part 2 when she played Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee.  And, she did most of her own stunts this time.  That’s always cool.

The costumes and sets were really cool.  Helen Mirren’s face looked like a broken piece of plastic or something, which was creepy as well as cool.  But one of the castles looked like the Kremlin, so that was a bit unnerving, to say the least.  If “unnerving” was what the set designers were going for, it worked.  But maybe that’s just projecting the current political climate onto a fantasy movie where it doesn’t belong.  Yeah, it’s probably just a coincidence the castle looked like that.

Keira Knightley had a great performance though – definitely a plot twist in itself.  At the same time, though, it was strange.  And that’s not just because it was weird seeing her and Matthew Macfadyen outside of Pride & Prejudice.  



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