(2018) (Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Adventure: A young nineteenth-century teen finds herself in a fantastical world where a missing key might unlock what she needs as well as help those who state they're in danger from a woman who rules a nearby realm.
- It's the nineteenth century and Clara Stahlbaum (MACKENZIE FOY) is a 14-year-old girl who lives in a nice London manor with her older sister, Louise (ELLIE BAMBER), younger brother, Fritz (TOM SWEET), and their father, Mr. Stahlbaum (MATTHEW MacFADYEN). All of them are still reeling from the recent passing of the family's matriarch. That's especially true for Clara who now feels lost and a bit frustrated by the last Christmas gift from her mother, a locked ornamental egg with a note that states all she needs is inside that.
She turns to her inventor godfather, Drosselmeyer (MORGAN FREEMAN), for answers, but that wise man knows she must find that key for herself. With his indirect help, she follows a rope that leads out of his mansion into a snowy forest where she finds the key, only to have a mouse run away with that. She gives chase and eventually runs into Phillip Hoffman (JAYDEN FOWORA-KNIGHT), a nutcracker soldier who guards a bridge over into the Fourth Realm. He won't let her pass until he realizes she's the princess of the land where her mother, the Queen, once visited long ago.
Despite his warnings about entering the Fourth Realm due to the presence of the scary Mother Ginger (HELEN MIRREN), her clown posse and an army of mice, Clara has him accompany her into the dark and foreboding place, only to encounter a scary mouse "creature" and barely escape. They return to a safer realm where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY).
She informs the young teen of the danger they're in from Mother Ginger and that a key -- likely the same one Clara needs to unlock the egg her mother gave her -- will enable them to turn on a machine that will turn toys into human-sized soldiers to help defend their land. From that point on, Clara does what she can to get that key, unaware of the repercussions that will create.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger kids might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some mild peril.
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