All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key, a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman's) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice, and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Dame Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Towards the end of the movie, Mr. Stahlbaum (Matthew Macfadyen), Clara's (Mackenzie Foy's) father, recognized the song from the egg as the song to which he shared his first dance with Marie (Anna Madeley). This song is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Pas de Deux", which is played in the ballet when the Nutcracker is dancing with Clara for the first time. See more »
The guard at the bridge raises his arm and puts his hand on his chest but in the next scene it is by his side. See more »
"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is an Adventure - Family movie in which we watch a young girl going to a party with her brother, her sister and her father. There she is transported into a magical world where she has to find some answers about her mother and the gift she left her after her death. With the answers, she has also to find a key which is very important not only for her but for the whole magical world.
I liked this movie because it surprised me with its plot. It was very different from the previous Nutcracker movies that I had seen. I enjoyed very much the beautiful costumes. About the direction which was made by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston I found it very interesting and I liked very much their idea of having a ballet scene at some point of their movie. Regarding the interpretations, I have to admit that I was happily surprised by the interpretation of Mackenzie Foy who played as Clara and she was very good. Some other interpretations that have to be mentioned were Jayden Fowora-Knight's who played as Phillip, Keira Knightley's who played as Sugar Plum and Morgan Freeman's who played as Drosselmeyer and gave a different touch in this movie.
Finally, I have to say that "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is a great family movie, with a very different plot than the original Nutcracker movies but equally interesting. I recommend everyone to watch this movie because I am sure that you are going to enjoy it. If you want to watch a classic Nutcracker movie then you should watch one of the previous movies and not this one, but if you want to watch a different movie than the previous then this is the movie you should watch.
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