The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is nothing close to what you’d expect. Not to us, at least.
Just in time for the holiday season, the film opens up with a Christmas scene that’s a bit sad as the main character Clara and her family mourn the loss of their matriarch, but it still gives off festive vibes. Clara’s mother left her a gift that would ultimately change her life and decide the fate of well, a whole nation. From mouses to toys, every little detail in the beginning is symbolic for later scenes.
Clara’s gift leads her into The Four Realms where she befriends a Nutcracker on guard and a frenemy from Candy Land. She consequently ends up fulfilling a mission she didn’t even see coming and walks away healed from the weight she carried after losing her mother.
For younger watchers, the life-like characters add an innocent blanket to the movie that covers the curiosity of children, and for older watchers, the nostalgic storyline allows room for a playful imagination and tugs at a few emotions from different perspectives. For both, the theatrics are a bonus — the costumes and special effects rank 10, and ballet dancer Misty Copeland’s welcoming dramatic ballerina routine warrants a round of applause.
As a whole, the PG movie is a fun tale the entire family can enjoy and learn from together as the holiday season approaches. It boasts lessons on loyalty and sacrifice, but most of all, how one’s self-confidence and life-choices hold enough power to effect change for the good and for the bad.
Catch The Nutcracker & The Four Realms when it hits theaters Friday, November 2!