1. A cute, clean storyIt was a good story, sad in places for sure, but sweet and clean in a time when many stories aren't. I liked the adventure and the beautiful Victorian setting at the beginning and Clara and Philip (the Nutcracker) were very likable.
2. Amazing music and they sneaked in some balletThe music, of course, was Tchailkovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. How could you not like it? And they managed to sneak in a bit of ballet as entertainment for Clara in the fantastic world she finds. A little culture for movie goers. :)
3. Familiar facesI not only enjoyed picking out characters from the The Nutcracker story (and smiling at the fact they gave the nutcracker character the name Hoffman, after the author) but also seeing familiar actors--Keira Knightly as the Sugar Plum Queen and Matthew Macfayden (Little Dorrit and Pride and Prejudice) and Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeier.
All in all, it was a great movie, enjoyable even for the friend who went me who didn't know a thing about The Nutcracker ballet or original story.
Have you seen the movie? If so, did you enjoy it?