If he was not a film critic, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is probably a movie he would never see. The ads have not been convincing, I’m not a nutcracker fanatic and it looked like the exaggerated CGI show. But marketing has hurt the film and Lasse Hallström’s film and Joe Johnston surprised me. They have made a solid adventure movie for children that does not fear being strange, poetic, grandiloquent and serious. Instead of simply perching on the recognition of the name of the famous ballet of Tchaikovsky or the stories that inspired that ballet, Four Realms tries to join those stories in something new that is still very funny. If you are looking for a movie that will help you have the Christmas spirit in an unexpected way, then you should give The Nutcracker and the Four Realms a try.
The story follows Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy), an incredibly intelligent young woman who recently lost her brilliant mother. While his father (Matthew Macfadyen) is distressed, the family, which also includes Clark’s brother Fritz (Tom Sweet) and his sister Louise (Ellie Bamber), try to keep him together at a festive party organized by Clara’s inventive godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) When the time comes for the children to look for gifts, the search for Clara takes her to the Four Kingdoms, a kingdom that her mother imagined with such depth and detail that it literally came to life. However, the Four Kingdoms are in trouble due to the threat of Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), who previously oversaw the Land of Fun. Backed by the rulers of the other realms: the Land of Sweets, the Land of Snowflakes and the Land of Flowers, Clara, with the help of Nutcracker Captain Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) decides to recover a special key that it will help bring peace to the earth.
There are times when the plot can be too complicated for its own good with several twists, double crosses and macguffins that seem stacked to keep the adventure in place to follow Clara’s journey organically. But what makes Four Realms surprisingly good is the only thing he’s willing to be, especially for a vacation post from a studio like Disney. For example, when Candy Plum’s regent, Sugar Plum (Keira Knightley) explains to Clara how her world originated, directors choose to represent this origin by giving a brief nod to the classic Disney Fantasy and then immersing themselves in it. an extended sequence of ballet. Instead of pleasing their audience, Nutcrackers are often mistaken on the art side and bold decisions that may not be for everyone, but give the film a distinctive flavor and personality.
The mere existence of the Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms should also be applauded because, generally, we do not get PG adventure films, especially those in which the hero is a young woman rather than a child. The emotional core of this film is between a deceased mother and her daughter, and that is welcome and extraordinary, especially at the PG level, where the Nutcracker addresses children from 6 to 11 years old. The film has emotion, humor and warmth, but it is appropriate for the age, and I find it incredibly encouraging in a landscape where Venom becomes PG-13 because violence is for children as long as there is no blood.
Instead of trying to attract everyone, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms has a very clear idea of what he wants to be, and although the conspiracy sometimes fails (you have the feeling that Clara’s mother only cared about Clara and forgot of the other) Two children), is a film full of energy and creativity. For some members of the audience, none of these options will work. They will not like ballet; they will not like Knightley’s sugar-coated Sugar Plum; Helen Mirren is not going to like a giant mechanic, although nobody can be upset, that surpasses me. But as I said before, I like films that dare to be different and opt for creativity over homogeneity.
I entered The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms with much skepticism, and it convinced me. It’s bright, colorful, the costumes and the production design are incredible, and it helped me to have the Christmas spirit. While watching the movie, I started thinking about fun holiday activities and the special feeling of Christmas that comes once Halloween has passed. The Hallström and Johnston film is presented as a unique vacation adventure, and I could not help but be drawn by the distinctive world they invented.