The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018 Film) Review

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie poster disney

Ballet really isn’t my thing, but I will say, I was intrigued by last year’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Disney made it last year as its movie for the holiday season, and it didn’t go quite the way they hoped. Against its budget, it did poorly, and with critics and regular folks, it did even worse. So I waited, and though I knew what I was getting myself into, I picked it up from the local library once they had it on the shelf.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The story is about Clara Stahlbaum, a very young lady who lost her mother recently. When Christmas time comes, there’s not much joy or happiness in the household, especially with Clara. Her father gives her an early Christmas present, from her mother’s wishes. Clara is upset to learn that it’s just “an egg”.

Keira Knightley The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

But she eventually wanders into a fantasy land of imagination and wonder. She learns that his realm thinks of her as a princess, and her mother as the Queen. However, since her mother is dead, the world was split into four. One realm is ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy who befriends Clara and warns her of the bad people in the land.

Mother Ginger The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Her realm is at “war” of sorts with the “fourth realm” ruled by Mother Ginger. Sugar Plum Fairy advises Clara that peace can be established. There’s a key that can restore order and peace between all four regions. However Clara must be brave and get the key from Mother Ginger’s grasp. This looks like it won’t be an ordinary Christmas day.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Disney

Overall The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the trainwreck that everybody says it is. Despite some stars under its belt, the movie’s plot is garbage. It doesn’t make sense until the end, but I guess they hoped they could distract movie-goers with fancy dancing. Ballets don’t really translate well to the silver screen, I suppose. That being said, it’s pretty as heck to look at, and it really has that “Christmas time” feeling in Victorian England. But that can’t save it, not even close.

Score: D+

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