Movie Review – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Movie Review - The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsI’m giving Nutcracker and the Four Realms an A. It was simply stunning; an absolutely gorgeous film the entire family will love. The only reason it’s not an A+ is because the Sugar Plum Fairy was really awkward to watch. She’s played by the normally fantastic Keira Knightly, who is completely unrecognizable here. I have no idea why the director had her act in so annoying a fashion. And not the cool kind of annoying; just irritating. She was the only real blight in this otherwise glorious adventure fantasy.

Special kudos goes to the girl who played Clara, and the charming fellow as the Nutcracker himself. They had honest chemistry; their scenes together were sweet, funny, and amiable.

Morgan Freeman played his somewhat patented role of the kindly, yet slightly mysterious elder, and it worked well for the part. Hellen Mirren was less fortunate; she wasn’t given much to work with, and I found the “transition” scene a bit unlikely. It was as abrupt as a similar scene with Sugar Plum.

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Basically, this is an extremely likable film, and everyone who loves the Christmas season will get a real kick out of it. The magnificent dresses, elaborate hair styles, the lush set designs, and fantastical landscapes were worth the ticket price right there, and seeing this in 3D was absolutely the way to go. Take my advice and see this on the best screen you can find. It’s so darn pretty, in every way.

In another note, there are, of course, some ballet scenes — it’s based on the iconic Nutcracker Suite, and the music should be familiar to anyone with ears. I remember attending an actual Nutcracker performance, as a child in New York City. The show I saw featured Mikhail Baryshnikov… which was a real treat. But honestly, I enjoyed this movie more. A ballet performance can get weary to a youngster, but this film was a very accessible way to follow the story. Just a great holiday experience, where you can relax, let go of stress, and enjoy all the pretty flowing by. Don’t wait for the DVD — see it now.

Grade: A

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  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    The Nutcracker seems to have been panned by other critics. I can’t understand why. This isn’t the Lord of the Rings here. Or even Narnia (although the set-up has shades of that).

    • Steven

      Just good to show, not everyone sees the same thing in a movie. I thought the acting was horrendous, especially the nutcracker. Kiera Knightley was there only thing with watching. But after an hour, I’d had enough and walked out. I have only walked out of 2 other movies in my 50+ years.

      • jill florio

        Jill Florio Administrator

        Well, that’s what makes the world go round: someone’s good movie is someone else’s abomination. 🙂 I love me a pretty fantasy and was impressed with everything BUT Knightly.

        I’ve found over the years that my perspective as a critic is often vastly different than other critics. I try to never read anyone else’s reviews until mine is written, just so I can write it clean and untainted by what the majority thinks.

        Thanks for checking in with your view! I appreciate it. 🙂 What were the other two movies you walked out of? I’m jealous – I can’t leave a movie no matter how awful I find it. I gotta get the Peetimes!

  • Debra McKnight

    I too have never walked out of a movie. Tempted on occasion. Too bad that Steven didn’t wait for ending credits. The amazing Andrea and Matteo Bocelli singing “Fall on Me” the answers to this story’s question of why make this movie. Fall on me…depend on me I will always be there to pick you up, be there to support you, be there to encourage you, be there to love you. A parent’s love of their child even when they can no longer be there. I needed this story.

    • jill florio

      Jill Florio Administrator

      Hi Debra! Before RunPee i used to walk out of movies all the time. If I find something distasteful, I would get myself out of there. Even with RunPee, I refuse to see movies I think are disturbing. I’m way too sensitive.

      I love what you’re saying about the ending. That was lovely. And children can also help with their parents emotional healing as well.

      I’m glad you were moved by the film. Hugs!

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