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.
Lasse Hallström completed principal photography, but due to him being unavailable Joe Johnston took charge for 32 days of reshoots. Hallström returned to oversee post-production. See more »
Every decorated conifer has the same silhouette, with an identifiable bare patch on the left side of the trees, suggesting that the image was simply recycled once rendered. Real trees look different from each other. See more »
[sees Clara looking at the bridge to the Fourth Realm]
[points his sword at her]
Who goes there?
It's just me!
State your purpose, Justme.
No, my name's Clara. And I must cross this bridge.
Impossible. Nobody crosses the bridge to the Fourth Realm without a direct order from the regents.
Fourth Realm? Where am I?
[puts away his sword]
You're in the Christmas Tree Forest. But THAT is the Fourth Realm, which is currently at war with the other three realms.
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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 »
This movie has the same problem that plagued Beauty and the Beast 2017 and Alice through the looking glass. Yes, it looks good. Yes, it kinda entertains. And yes, it´s not a god awful movie to sit through.
But it´s predictable and cliched to the point where no ammount of red herrings can fool and no ammount of fake thrill can make you excited. And worse of all, it has no heart, no emotion, no motivation. There´s nothing memorable or endearing.
The character are not characters, they are bland plot devices (Clara and the Nutecracker), glorified and irrelevant extras (like it sadly happens with the Flower king and the king of the land of snowflakes) or just swift cameos ( Morgan Freeman and Mother Gingerbread). The have no dimension, no porpuse, nothing that coud make the audience care about what happens to
them or the story.
This is by war thebiggest flaw of the movie.
Why would the audience care about a movie when its characters are so boring and dull?
To add to its non existent characterization, the world building is just as awful.
You never get to explore this world, to know its habitants. It feels like a superficial tour where the guide doesn´t even bother to explain what is happening, or why you should care about what you are seeing. You get to point A to point B and finally to point C, only to get thrown out of the bus without the chance to ask what the hell just happened.
This is a lazy cluster of a mess, an empty husk devoid of anything resembling human emotion.
I´m actually amazed someone was paid to write this thing. I´ve seen works online made by fans that are far better in both narrative structure and characterization.
What a shame. You can actually see the potential this idea once had.
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