Disney's The Nutcracker and The Four Realms: Here's what we think!

My Journee has been going to the movies a lot lately with her dad. Most times I’m at work when they do. I hadn’t been to the movies in over a year. When I heard The Nutcracker was showing, I was so excited to go and see what all the fuss was about. So after work one day I literally dragged myself out to go see it. I figured it would be good quality time with my chocolate drop and the perfect start to get us in the holiday spirit. We went the very first night the movie came out so there was a pretty decent crowd. Everyone was so hyped.

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Let me start by saying that this Disney movie is great for all ages. Although I think older kids would get a better appreciation for it. Keep in mind that Journee is 5 1/2. So let’s get into the details of it all so you can decide if you want to spend your pennies on this movie.

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OUR SYNOPSIS

One Christmas Eve, after the passing of a beloved wife and mother, Mr. Stahlbaum gave his three children Christmas presents from their mother. Unlike the other sister and her younger brother, Clara is not so sure about her very unusual, locked, and handcrafted gift. Along with the gift, Clara’s mother left her a note telling her that she would find all she ever needed inside the gift.

Only one problem, this gift was locked and required a key. The journey to find and use the key takes Clara into a land known as the Fourth Realm where she would meet some very interesting characters. Among these lands, there are three others that are divided. There is a ballet scene in the movie that tells exactly how these four realms came to be. It’s up to Clara to bring peace and harmony among the realms. You’ll have to watch to see just how she fulfilled her mother’s dying wish and successfully brought the realms together again.

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WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

Let me give a WARNING here. If you plan on seeing this movie an you have a phobia of RATS or CLOWNS do not see this movie. I’m not afraid of clowns at all but at one point in the movie, I just wanted to scream for my mommy! I cringed and closed my eyes during both scenes in the movie. Apart from the clowns and rats, the movie was a bit too dark for me which made the setting seem a bit depressing.

Journee and I both like ballet and I thought that we would see lots of it. There was a little ballet but not nearly as much as what I thought I would see.

Photo Credit: The Washington Post

Photo Credit: The Washington Post

WHAT WE LIKED

The costumes and makeup in the movie were very creative and phenomenal! My favorite costumes were those of Mother Ginger and The Sugar Plum Fairy. Secondly, we really liked the ballet performance by professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland. A happy ending was our hope so both Journee and I were happy that Clara could bring the realms together and bring happiness back into the lives of her grieveing father and siblings. It would be a Merry Christmas after all.

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So would I recommend this movie? Probably not. It was just okay for us. If the movie can’t keep my five year old locked to the screen and entertained for at least 30 minutes then it’s really not that entertaining.