The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Lacks Excitement

Although visually stunning, the movie doesn't live up to expectations

Terri Lee-Sylvester
November 02, 2018 - 10:45 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Although re-imagined, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an onscreen version of the popular ballet, The Nutcracker, which has been a holiday staple for years.

But, while the ballet is consistently a top draw during the holiday season, I'm not sure the movie will translate as well with audiences.  I did find the movie visually stunning, and it features the same characters that fans of the ballet have come to know and love, but onscreen, the story lacks excitement.  

While watching the opening scene, I did have high hopes, but the movie just didn't live up to expectations.  And even though it's a movie, I think it's still important for the characters to do things that make scenes believable.  Otherwise, for me, the inaccuracies stand out like a sore thumb.

For example, when Godfather Drosselmeyer announces the start of the Christmas gift hunt and Clara goes searching for hers, she spends an awfully long time out in the cold and snow wearing a sleeveless evening gown.  No scarf, no throw to cover her arms, no hat and no gloves.  As I said, I know it's just a movie, but that really stood out with me.

Something else that parents of young children should keep in mind before going to see this movie: your little ones may find the mice that create the army of mice scary.  Personally, I found them creepy.  But just to make sure it wasn't just me, I did ask some parents who had brought their children along with them to the screening if their kids were scared, and their response was yes.  

Speaking of the army of mice, they inhabit a land known as the 4th Realm.  Clara stumbles upon it while searching for her gift.

With Disney behind this movie, it was a huge disappointment that I didn't like this movie better.  And I know there are lots of people looking forward to seeing it, but my recommendation is to wait this one out until the entire family can get together, download it and watch it from the comfort of your own home.

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