Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced.
All Clara 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 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 , 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, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
We’ve never seen the ballet, but we are all quite familiar with it so we knew the general storyline. My daughter was most excited to watch it and requested that we watch it for family movie night so we all agreed. It was a fun film that we all enjoyed. I love that it’s great for all ages. It didn’t have the traditional Nutcracker featured that the ballet offers, but we enjoyed the twists. It has a strong message to believe in yourself, to ignore the pressure of superficial beauty, and to dream big. I love the over the top colorful sets and clothing. It was a fun, quirky, entertaining movie that we highly recommend.
Richard E. Grant
Nutcracker and the Four Realms releases on Jan. 29, 2019.