The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a fantasy film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, is a magnificent film with an alluring elegance, implicitly connecting the viewer with the ballet and the orchestra. This film is a retelling of the original story and ballet play, continuing in a long-line of Disney reboots, it will uplift your Christmas cheer.
The film follows a young woman called Clara (Foy) who receives a handmade Egg as a Christmas gift from her late mother. Clara embarks on a journey to retrieve a key to open the Egg, the plot becomes increasingly convoluted as Disney flesh out a relatively short story to fill a feature film – eventually Clara discovers she is the Princess of the Land as her mother was the Queen and that her key powers a machine that gives life to toys.
The film features a cast with Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley and Mackenzie Foy to grab your attention. With a heavy dose of fantasy, recurrent dark and light imagery, one can’t help but note striking similarities to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in Foy’s Clara and her adventure to retrieve her key. To the films credit, it features several beautiful ballet performances, dazzling orchestral pieces that borrow heavily from the iconic original ballet production. The Nutcracker and the Four Realm‘s mixture of aesthetics make it a wonderfully mixed and varied film. By mixing the ballet, music, and the art within the film really emphasises the magical realm within which Clara finds herself. The attention to detail in the film’s production is also a fantastic element of the film: it’s continual reference to elements and iconography associated with Christmas. From the colour scheme and fantastic set design; the attention to detail with sweets and snow are particularly enhanced within the film.
If you’re into fantasy, this film will not fail to keep you indulged and interested with a fantastic storyline and exploration of the magical world of the Nutcracker. Get some hot chocolate and gingerbread biscuits and prepare to warm up for a cold Christmas with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.