The holiday season is officially here and THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is now playing in theatres everywhere! This is the perfect family film to kick off the holidays! Join Clara on her journey as she explores the four realms in Walt Disney Studios’ latest release THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (PG).
This review below is written by contributing writer, Kristi Crisler. All opinions are her own.
I had the opportunity to see the Nutcracker and the Four Realms with my daughters. We have an annual tradition to see The Nutcracker ballet every year and this was an exciting new twist on the classic ballet to start the holiday season. My daughters were both absolutely mesmerized by the entire movie. The visuals were stunning and the costumes were over the top dramatic.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) 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 (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. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
Characters in Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
Morgan Freeman and Kiera Knightley were perfectly cast as Drosselmeyer and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Sweet Clara (Mackenzie Foy) shows her mother’s true grit and determination as she tracks down the lost key that would reveal what her mother left for her.
We have an annual tradition to see The Nutcracker ballet every year and this was an exciting new twist on the classic ballet to start the holiday season. My daughters are 12 and 4 and both were absolutely mesmerized the entire movie. The visuals were stunning and the costumes were over the top dramatic. The ballet scene will bring you back to your childhood days of watching the original Nutcracker but the rest of the movie is a new spin on the classic that I’m sure will become a staple in the holiday movie rotation for years to come. I would definitely recommend this movie as family friendly, however, note there are a couple of dark scenes involving the mice and Mother Ginger that you may want to be aware of.
Speaking of family traditions, and in celebration of THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opening, here is a great featurette on the film with interviews from Kiera Knightley, Helen Mirren, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland
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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Poster: