Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is the latest live-action film from Disney. Available now at theatres everywhere, here is my spoiler-free review of Disney’s Nutcracker. Learn what I loved about this film and if it’s a good fit for your child to see!
Disney’s Nutcracker Review
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.
What I Loved about the film
Right off the bat, I knew I would love the look and feel of this film. We got a tease of that feel through beautiful movie posters and trailers. I went into this film knowing my eyes would be delighted from what they would see.
The imagery, set and costume design is seen throughout this film is undeniably stunning. It also sets the holiday mood embarking filmgoers on a magical adventure that feels real.
We got an up-close look at the costumes at the premiere of Disney’s Nutcracker. The attention to detail is admirable.
Actress Kiera Knightly who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy is almost unrecognizable yet still beautiful as ever. The makeup and costume design should and hopefully will gain attention for award nominations.
I also loved the performances by all the actors, but there were a few that really stood out to me. First, Keira Knightly had me sold on her as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Her quirky yet glamorous demeanor was perfect. Mackenzie Foy who plays Clara did a fantastic job of moving the story along and showing emotion in stressful and happy situations. Third, you can not deny the power Misty Copeland, who plays a ballerina princess, has over audiences anytime she graces the screen with her dancing. I would have enjoyed seeing more dancing numbers with her and felt her appearance was short. Be sure to stay for the end credits to see more of her talents in action.
Viewers will enjoy the humorous banter between the palace guards played by Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall. Jayden Fowora-Knight was called on to play a loyal and noble soldier in the film. I predict we will see more of this young star in future films.
Additionally, any scene that Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman are in guaranteed to be spectacular. They are both legends.
Is Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Kid Friendly?
For the most part, yes. This isn’t a film where you will need to shield your children’s ears, but you may have to shield their eyes given they are sensitive to scary images. There are gloomy and dark moments where Clara travels to the Fourth Realm. In this area, clowns and rats appear to be scary or even creepy to some viewers. Given your opinion on clowns, they may not be creepy to you, but they do have rather unusual faces that aren’t so much gory but strange. There are a few scenes with Nutcracker soldiers fighting that may appear scary to younger viewers. Though these moments are present they are far and few between and move quickly. There isn’t drinking or drug references either. Overall, minus these few dark scenes, the film is a good one to bring the entire family to enjoy.
Get your tickets to Disney’s Nutcracker and The Four Realms now!
Tickets are on sale now! Disney’s Nutcracker is sure to be the next holiday tradition your family will not want to miss out on. This film is spectacular to look at and fun to watch. Disney’s Nutcracker is now playing in theatres everywhere. Don’t forget to download these free Disney’s Nutcracker activity pages to celebrate with your kids.
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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opens in theatres everywhere on November 2nd!
Disclaimer: Disney is sending me on an all-expenses-paid trip to LA for the #DisneysNutcrackerEvent. All opinions are my own.