Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Eugenio Derbez, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall, Misty Copeland, Matthew Macfadyen
Fantasy live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet, directed by Lasse Hallström. The story centers on a young girl, Clara (Mackenzie Foy), who wants 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 (Morgan Freeman) 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 (Jayden Fowora-Knight), 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 (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Mr. Stahlbaum: This time has been built for all of us, but Christmas comes, we must do our best to enjoy it.
Clara: I don’t want to enjoy anything right now. I wish mother were here.
Drosselmeyer: [to Clara] Your mother was the cleverest inventor I ever knew, and there was any doubt when I asked what her greatest creation was. You.
Drosselmeyer: It’s Christmas Eve, a time of mystery, expectations. Who knows what might happen.
Sugar Plum Fairy: Your mother created our world.
Clara: My mother made all of this.
Sugar Plum Fairy: She was our queen.
Philip: At your service, Princess Clara.
Drosselmeyer: [to Clara] The future of the realms lies with you. Be careful who you trust.
Mother Ginger: The time has come.
Mother Ginger: I’ve been expecting you.
Sugar Plum Fairy: Mother Ginger wants to rule the realms.
Clara: [to Philip] I’m going to fix it. Will you help me?
Drosselmeyer: It’s time to save the kingdom.
Clara: She’s going to destroy everything my mother created!
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