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Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review

November 3, 2018

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms brings to the screen, a new twist on the original ballet classic.   While the story includes a tribute to the original, Disney takes this version into a new and unique path.  

 

Continuing the success of their live action films, Disney filmmakers capture the magic in each scene with incredible costumes by the talented Costume Designer, Jenny Beavan.  From the gorgeous dresses to Clara's soldier uniform, every piece was a perfect fit capturing the personality of each character and enhancing the scenery. 

 

From the first moment, movie goers are treated to breathtaking locations,  brought to life as only Disney can with attention to every detail.    Fantasy realms take you into a world of make believe, while the home and grounds of Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), Clara's godfather are the perfect counterbalance to the realms.   

 

Adding to the magic of the film is the strength projected by Clara in her attempt to prevent chaos in the four realms by projecting her character as a strong, intelligent young lady who can do anything.  But the edge of your seat moment for me came with the re-enactment of the history of the Four Realms by the Ballerina Princess ( Misty Copeland).

 

Bringing the story of Clara (Mackenzie Foy) , who after receiving and then losing a magical key needed to unlock a gift from her mother, takes off on an adventure to into a parallel world.   While on the adventure, she meets a menagerie of characters who work with and against her.  Joining Clara is Captain Philip Hoffman / The Nutcracker (Jayden Fowora-Knight), along with a group of mice and the rulers of three of the realms.   The key leads the group to the fourth realms and its ruler Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

 

The film brings a star studded cast including Keira Knightley (Sugar Plum Fairy), Eugenio Derbez (Hawthrone - ruler of Flower Realm), Richard Grant (Shiver, ruler of Snow Realm), Matthew Macfadyne (Mr. Stahlbaum), Lil Buck (The Mouse King) and Misty Copeland (The Ballerina Princess). 

 

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes to a theatre near you beginning Friday, November 2, 2018 to start the holiday season off perfectly. 

 

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