Not going to lie, I’ve been waiting for The Nutcracker And The Four Realms to hit theaters FOREVER! I’ve been obsessed with The Nutcracker Ballet since I was a child. Disney is also another obsession of mine. So the two together?!? A dream come true! Would Disney’s take on The Nutcracker live up to my expectations? Find out below!
From Disney ~ All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. 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, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
I knew from all the previews leading up to the premiere, that this was going to be a unique take on The Nutcracker! Unique is definitely an understatement. I think this was one beautiful movie, but it’s definitely nothing like The Nutcracker ballet. While there are a few similarities, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is pretty much a totally different story. I couldn’t help but think of all the similarities Disney’s version of The Nutcracker had to Alice in Wonderland. I got Alice in Wonderland vibes while watching the entire film. Magical lands, magical characters, even the same type of graphics and feel. I did love Alice in Wonderland, so I was pleased with Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. If you do plan to go, just go into the flick knowing it’s nothing like the ballet.
My six year old has been attending The Nutcracker Ballet annually since she was a baby! So she was pretty stoked when she spotted The Nutcracker AND Disney in the same title. Every time she watched a preview for the movie, she made sure to tell me it was “D”! D is how she says Disney. While she may have been excited, I honestly think 6 years old was young to fully understand the movie. She watched the entire thing and seemed to enjoy it, but I doubt she understood the movie completely. I would recommend this movie for older kids. Perfect date night movie! Perfect Mommy/Daughter night out flick for the tweens and teens. I would just recommend leaving the younger kids at home unless they are persistent on going like my daughter was. If you do take the younger kids, hit up a matinee, so if they do get lost in the plot, you didn’t spend a fortune on tickets!
Have you seen The Nutcracker And The Four Realms?