A light hearted fantasy film, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms proves to be entertaining despite lacking some originality. It opts to deliver its messages explicitly and they often seem forced but that doesn’t affect the overall flow and focus of the movie.
Though the film has its fair share of flaws, it does well on providing viewers with an enjoyable story that keeps its content largely kid targeted. It doesn’t take any risks in conveying its material but still manages to balance the end result. ‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’ is based on both a short story and a ballet, and it follows a young girl’s journey into a magical world that seems to hold great secrets that’ll change her life.
As a Disney feature, it is able to set that familiar tone and atmosphere that viewers can easily identify but it lacks the originality to stand out from similar productions. What the film excels at though is the beautiful cinematography, production design and soundtrack. The film does not lose track of its main idea but never does anything distinctive to strengthen its narrative and be more gripping. Additionally, the plot is far too predictable regardless of the fact that it’s targeted for a child audience.
Most of the cast did a good job portraying their characters. However it is Mackenzie Foy, who previously starred in 2014’s ‘Interstellar’ that did a really excellent job at embodying her character Clara. I also have to mention that one mouse character unexpectedly stole the show with all his scenes. To conclude, it’s a light Christmas movie that most families will probably enjoy, so make sure to watch it if you’re interested and let me know what you think.