Nothing says the holiday season more than the magic of the Nutcracker. But as Disney takes the story and makes it into a full length film with additional story added to the classic ballet – does the story still relate to the holiday classic? Disney’s Nutcracker is their main release this year for the Christmas season, but it seems like it may be pushed under the radar once Wreck it Ralph and Mary Poppins join it in theaters in the next few weeks.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is loosely, very loosely based on the ballet that families watch every holiday season. Bringing to the screen Clara who is transported into a magical world where toys come to life. But the Four realms are in peril and she must find a way to save them.
What we loved about the movie:
- It has a diverse cast, even in a period piece that wouldn’t naturally have that. The movie will be one of the firsts that a lot of children will be able to see someone like them in different positions in history and society.
- The Nutcracker is visually stunning, with CG, sets and costumes that are drool worthy
- Clara is portrayed as a smart, albeit sensitive girl who loves science and engineering. Seeing a strong figure that doesn’t compromise her emotions is refreshing – even in a period piece.
But unfortunately, the story departs greatly from the ballet we loved. There are hints of the music throughout, and yes, there is Misty Copeland dancing for a few minutes. But the movie almost seems like it only is a nod to the original story and loses some of the magic to it. With big names promoted as we waited for the film to release like Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Keira Knightly most of them had small parts that only last a few minutes in the film. With the exception of Knightly who’s Sugar Plum Fairy was almost distracting with the saccharine voice she put on for the character. The movie has several scary parts for younger children that were actually shocking to see in this story.
While The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will become a holiday favorite for many people, it may be the difference of if you go in knowing it’s a complete departure from it’s name sake or not knowing the story before hand. One major wish we had for the film was they highlighted Misty Copeland more, since her dancing, beauty and strength is an inspiration to women and girls everywhere. It seemed her dancing was more in the credits than as her part on the screen.
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About the Nutcracker and the Four Realms:
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. In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.