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From the studio that brought you BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes the reimagined tale of THE NUTCRACKER. When Clara's mother leaves her a mysterious gift, she embarks on a journey to four secret realms -- where she discovers her greatest strength could change the world!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Director : Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : January 29, 2019
- Actors : Mackenzie Foy, Tom Sweet, Meera Syal, Ellie Bamber, Matthew Macfadyen
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WALT DISNEY PICTURES
- ASIN : 6317550441
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
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Oh, there’s a character who is described as A nutcracker, but THE Nutcracker is conspicuously absent from this story. In fact, nothing but a handful of names and some music can be found from E.T.A. Hoffman’s novella and Tchaikovsky’s ballet — instead Disney has concocted their own candy-coated, cliche-riddled, superficially-sentimental fantasy tale with all the depth of a pretty Christmas card.
Clara (Mackenzie Foy) receives an early Christmas present from her recently-deceased mother: an ornate egg-shaped box, with no key to open it. She brings this odd problem to her godfather Drosselmeyer (a fairly disinterested Morgan Freeman) at a Christmas party that night, and then follows a golden ribbon through the house to Narnia. Oops, sorry, she ends up in the Realm of Snowflakes, another perpetually wintry place where time passes much faster than on Earth.
She soon finds the key she’s looking for (yes, it was just that easy), only to have it stolen by a mouse. And if you’re hoping for the Mouse King, prepare to be disappointed — this mouse is one of the servants of Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), the reviled ruler of one of the Four Realms that make up this world. Take a shot every time someone says “realm,” and you’ll be dead of alcohol poisoning by the halfway point of the movie.
Clara is welcomed as a princess by the people of the other three realms, since her late mother was their beloved queen. But she soon discovers that the MacGuffin key is not only necessary to open her egg, but turn on a magical machine that turns toys into living creatures. To get it back, she will have to venture into the Fourth Realm — and discover that not all is as it seems.
In a lot of ways, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a more extreme version of the live-action “Alice in Wonderland” movies. Disney clearly wanted to tell their own story — a wannabe-epic-fantasy with lots of CGI and a bland heroine everybody hails as a savior — but instead of just doing that, they tacked the skin of a recognizable property over their own work. And yet, somehow it wouldn’t be so obnoxious if the movie were any good.
Admittedly the sets, costumes and scenery are very pretty and elaborate, full of bright, slightly artificial colors that befit the toylike nature of the Realms. And some of the sets and CGI are quite effective, such as a little troupe of grotesque clowns in the Fourth Realm, or the giant mass of writhing mice that rise up and swamp those they attack.
But under that is a thick stew of predictable plot developments and stale cliches, right down to the nauseatingly trite lessons that are hamfistedly crammed down our throats. A certain scene involving a mirror is likely to produce more eyerolls than inspiration.
Foy gives a profoundly uninspired performance here, but to be fair, her character is profoundly uninspired. Clara is a Generic Strong Female Character as imagined by Disney — we’re assured that she’s ahead of her time (she can awkwardly recite Newtonian laws!) and has no real flaws, which only means that she feels like a hollow shell. Writer Ashleigh Powell tries to give her some kind of emotional arc involving her grieving father, but it just sort of sputters to an end rather than truly being resolved.
As for the other actors, they might as well be paper dolls. Both Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman are utterly wasted in their relatively brief roles. Jayden Fowora-Knight does as good a job as he can in his thin character. And Keira Knightley gives an… interesting performance as the Sugarplum Fairy. She’s all flittery energy, uniform fetish and sugary baby-voice, but her character’s motivation is perhaps the most forced and thin of all — she reacts the way she does not because of any developed characterization, but because the plot demands she do so.
Anyone hoping for a Nutcracker movie about the Nutcracker… would be better off watching a DVD of the ballet.“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is not only a bad adaptation, but just a bad fantasy story.
Pros~Lush scenery, gorgeous settings, beautiful costumes, loved Tchaikovsky's music in the background as soundtrack, especially engaging in the first half of the movie, loved the gift giving scene and mystique...before it slows down and goes dark. Excellent cast but...not used well.
Cons~Too dark for kids, so watch beforehand. Actress playing Clara was too emotionless; brooding, depressed rather than sad, mediocre contentment in the end. In parts she comes across as a brat, which I did not like. Yes, she just lost her mother right before Christmas, but so did I, and this was part of why I though I would connect so much with the character. Not enough of the Godfather nor Mother Ginger. The adventure starts to drag midway and after a while you just don't care what happens to anyone, except the father who is trying to push through the sadness and embrace Christmas. But he too has a tiny part. Also too many scenes that were not original enough. Christmas Tree forest looked straight out of Narnia, battle too much like Alice in Wonderland and the Jabberwocky. They could have taken many other routes with this film and not copied others.
All that being said, I do own the DVD now and will watch it both at Christmas and throughout the year. I seem to warm up to it more each time I watch it. Maybe because I know the storyline even better now and have not set my expectations too high. I do think reading the book beforehand was well worth it. Disney has just done better, IMO. Visually is is absolutely stunning.
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however Mr Stahlbaum acting on his dead wife's wishes hands out gifts she'd left for her three children, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) receives a handcrafted egg she finds to be locked, inside the box a note from her mother telling her that inside the egg she'll find everything she wants.
At the ball her Godfather as he always does gives gifts for his guest's children, to find the gifts they have to follow a string which has their name attached to it...................
Clara follows her string which takes her to a passage leading into a mysterious World.
At the end of the string the missing key, she reaches for it, but a mouse whisks it away, Clara gives chase.
The mouse ends up the other side of a frozen river, Clara cannot cross over but see's a bridge which is where she meets up with a guard Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) who will not let her pass, however when she tells him her name things change, her mother was/is Queen of the lands beyond which means Clara is a princess.
Phillip agrees to help Clara retrieve the key, however the forest holds many fears, she is unable to get the key at this point, but, Philip takes her to the Palace which lies beyond the forest, where she will meet The Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) who seemingly welcomes Clara and shows her around, however, The Sugar Plum Fairy is not all sweetness and nice as Clara will find out.
This a World Clara's mother created as a child.........
Still needing the key Clara will with an escort return to the forest where she meets Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) Regent of what is known as the Fourth Realm, who now holds the key.
Returning to the Palace with the key Clara is confronted by the Sugar Plum Fairy who has craved the use of it for her own purposes.
Clara will have to risk all to foil the evil intent 0f The Sugar Plum Fairy.
The film which indeed has many critics does have moments that one could easily criticise, however overall the fantasy drama is an enjoyable watch with much in the way of impressive special-effects 7/10 a fair score
A useless purchase that I can’t give to my goddaughter on her birthday.