“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Enchants Theaters Across America


Mackenzie Foy, who plays Clara, goes on a journey to find a key that will open the gift her late mother left her for Christmas, leading her to a world of four realms that she never knew existed. Photo from comicbook.com.

Abby Marks, Features Editor

Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” took on the big screen on Nov. 2, acquiring a surprising mix of both positive and negative reviews.

The movie captures the story of Clara and her journey to find the key to a gift that her late mother left her for Christmas. She believes what is inside will be exactly what she is missing in her life since her mother’s passing. However, the key is a very specific one, and she will need to embark on a dangerous journey to find it. Along the way, she passes through the many realms of a world she never knew existed, made friends with a nutcracker and attempts to save the realms at war.

Despite its score of 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was beautifully done and still captures the original music and elegance of the ballet while making a story that will keep the audience interested the whole time. The costume design, acting, set and overall portrayal of the story was very well done and almost gave off a Tim Burton feel.

The movie is slightly scary for children any younger than about 10-12 because of the scenes with the mouse king, so anyone planning to take younger siblings to the movies should keep that in mind.

Overall, the movie was a great blend of the classic Nutcracker ballet and a story that has never been told before, and it is definitely worth the watch.