Girl takes on Rat King

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 December, 2011, 12:00am


Every year around Christmas, seasonal entertainment takes hold of the city. A permanent feature of that is The Nutcracker-themed programmes and attractions.

This year, there will be an alternative to the usual collection of ballets, musicals, dramas and mall exhibitions: a movie in 3D.

Based on Pyotr Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, The Nutcracker in 3D brings the beloved old story to a new visual form.

Nine-year-old Mary (Elle Fanning) is neglected by her parents and bratty brother Max (Aaron Michael Drozin). She is surrounded by wonderful toys, but what she wants is companionship. Her wish comes true on Christmas Day, after Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane) gives her a nutcracker as a gift.

That night the nutcracker, who introduces himself as NC, comes to life.

He takes her on a wonderful journey into an enchanted world inhabited by fairies and other fantastical characters.

The girl realises that this special world is being threatened by the evil Rat King (John Turturro) and his mother (Frances de la Tour), who take NC hostage. She must get together with her new toy friends to free NC and save their world.

The Nutcracker in 3D opens tomorrow