The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Disney Brings a Holiday Classic Ballet to the Big Screen in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
Morgan Freeman- Drosselmeyer
Mackenzie Foy- Clara
Keira Knightley- Sugar plum
Helen Mirren- Mother Ginger
Disney has adapted an 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffman, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” that became the holiday classical ballet “The Nutcracker” in 1892 into a fantasy adventure called “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Clara (Foy), is the more inquisitive of her other siblings Fritz (Tom Sweet) and Louise (Ellie Bamber) taking after her late mother. Mr. Stahlbaum, the still grieving widower, tries to maintain composure as he gives his kids Christmas presents purchased by his wife prior to her passing. Louise got a dress and Fritz some toy soldiers leaving Clara with a silver egg with a note “everything you need is inside”. The problem is the egg is locked and Clara doesn’t have the key!
The Stahlbaums attend the annual holiday party thrown by inventor Drosselmeyer (Freeman) that happens to be Clara’s godfather.
Drosselmeyer has an elaborate rope maze that takes each child to their Christmas present, Only Clara is taken through the house and she ends up in a magical world that has her missing key at the end of her string. A mouse grabs the key just as Clara reached for it and the chase begins. Clara meets the Nutcracker (Jayden Fowora-knight) and he tries to help her snag the key. The mouse runs into the fourth realm, the amusement realm run by Mother Ginger and an enemy to the Queen…. Clara’s mother!
Princess Clara is introduced to the other realms of snow, flowers and the candy realm where Sugar Plum (Knightley) is in charge. Clara tells Sugar Plum, she and the Nutcracker are going into Mother gingers realm to retrieve her key, assist with her mother’s invention that makes toys human to make an army to protect the other realms.
But everything is not as it seems,
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is visually appealing but hits a sour note everywhere else. The acting is inconsistent with a good performance by the A list actors (Freeman, Mirren and Knightley) but very poor from the rest of the cast. The story goes nowhere, and the film ends up being a very bad imitation of the Chronicles of Narnia that will have Tchaikovsky rolling in his grave.
Flickanalysis: 1/5 Nutcrackers
This is the WORST Disney film I have ever seen! The ballet is a holiday classic, but this film is the present you give the bad kids with their lump of coal.
Rated PG (Fantasy violence)