The Nutcracker and The Four Realms Movie Review

The Nutcracker & The Four Realms

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

Perfect for family night or date night!

The long-awaited, Nutcracker and The Four Realms is finally in theaters!

This was such a great movie for the whole family to enjoy. My husband and I were both very impressed.

If you are a big fan of Christmas, ballet, and Disney this is a must-see movie!

The Nutcracker & The Four Realms Storyline:

This fiction movie is based off Hoffmann’s 1816 short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms takes place in London on Christmas Eve, 1879. The story features a Victorian-age, London Family who is trying to make the best of their first Christmas following the death of their beloved wife and mother.

Before dying Clara’s, mother left her and her siblings Christmas gifts. With excitement they opened their gifts. Fritz received a nutcracker, Louise received her mother’s old dress and Clara received a locked ornate egg. Clara soon became disappointed, because she was unable to open her gift without a key.

That night Clara and her family are invited to a lavish Christmas Eve Party. At the party Clara is focused on opening her gift from her mother.

Soon after arriving she goes to find the godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) and asks for his help opening her gift. He was unable to open it, but Clara is told “it’s going to be a magical night” by the God father.

Clara returns to the party just in time for the annual tradition of gift opening.

The children follow a string with their name on it to their gift. Clara’s string leads her into a fantastical realm full of snow-covered trees. Four Realms is a magical world that her mother apparently once ruled over as queen.

The story follows her journey to find her key.

Clara finds the key to her ornate egg, but it is soon stolen by a mouse.

While searching for her key she is introduced to a guard (Jayden Fowora-Knight), who will help and lead her and guide her into the four realms. While in the four realms she soon realizes that everyone is awaiting the return of her mother, but soon learn of her passing.

Clara is then sworn in as their new queen. The Realms need her direction to help save them. The story takes unexpected twists and turns as characters turn from good to evil, and evil to good.


Movie highlights:

– Humorous and keeps you on your toes with all the twists and turns

– Get in the holiday spirit!

– The cast has diversity. Soldier– Jayden Fowora-Knight is black. His is one of Disney’s first black male actor to take a main role in a Disney film. Ballerina– Misty Copeland (Kansas City, Missouri born!) who in June 2015 became the first African American women to ever be promoted to the American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

Movie downsides

– I was hoping to hear more Holiday music and dance from the original Nutcracker. There was only a short highlight

– Unlike the other Disney live action remakes, it veers away from the story plot of the original Nutcracker

Cast of The Nutcracker & the Four Realms

Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Macfadyen and Misty Copeland

Overall it was a great movie! On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give The Nutcracker and the Four Realms an “7”.

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