On November 2nd, 2018, Disney released The Nutcracker and The Four Realms to theaters and I was so happy I got to see it. It told the story of a girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who is given a sliver-shaped egg on Christmas Eve, which was left to her by her late mother. The problem? There is a key missing. So Clara goes to her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), to try and retrieve the key. Little does she know that Clara’s mother’s dying wish was for Clara to go back to the place her mother ruled as queen, and bring peace to the Four Realms. While there, Clara finds the true meaning of her mother’s gift, as well as not only bringing peace to her late mother’s kingdom but seeing that she’s not the only one grieving her mother’s death.
If you couldn’t tell while I was blogging about this movie before it came out, I’m a big Misty Copeland fan and was mesmerized seeing her dance in the movie. I’m so happy Disney not only included her in the film but also made her a big part of the advertisement!
I had to do a double take when I realized it was Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy! I had forgotten which part she was cast in. By the time I was sure it was her, I had forgotten about all of her other wonderful performances and just saw her as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Keira is seriously underrated as an actress, and this film thankfully allowed her to shine all the more.
This movie is great for families, but I wouldn’t recommend it for toddlers. I would say if the child is at least ten, they should be fine. The reason why I say this is because the movie can get pretty creepy at times and it would be pretty unsettling for a young child. However, older children, as well as adults, should have fun watching the film.
Overall, the was a beautiful film from start to finish and is perfect for the Christmas Season. I hope you all get a chance to see it while it’s playing in theaters!