Nutcracker and The Four Realms (Blu-ray)

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Movies & TV
1 Mar 2019
Kids & Family
Region B
English SDH
Sound Format
7.1 DTS
Aspect Ratio
Walt Disney Pictures
  • Fall on me - Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli
  • The Nutcracker Suite performed by Lang Lang
  • INFO
  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland
  • Unwrapping The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Deleted Scenes
114 min
Age Restriction
7-9 PG HV
Supply Source
South Africa


Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Release Year
Running Time
110 min
Action/Adventure / Action / Adventure / Betrayal / Fantasy / Fantasy Worlds / Kids Adventure / Magic / Soldiers
In THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, Disney Studios has once again proven itself to be the reigning master of visually stunning films. Although the film does suffer from a few issues in pacing and direction, it stands as an enjoyable, if not memorable, entry from the studio.

Clara (Mackenzie Foy) receives a puzzling Christmas gift, a handcrafted egg with a complex keyhole, from her recently deceased mother. Upset that she cannot open this precious item, she lacks the desire to attend the annual holiday party of her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman). However, when she discovers that he created the egg, she changes her mind in hopes that he can help solve the mystery. Following a golden thread meant to lead to this key, she is drawn into a mysterious and magical four-realm world that's steeped in turmoil. When Clara aligns with three realms to recover her key from the fourth, she and her new friend Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) must rise against everything thrown against them by its tyrant, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

Newcomer Ashleigh Powell does a decent job of providing a story and screenplay that spin a tale, although there are some pacing issues, with some moments that move a little too slowly or a little too quickly and are under-informative. These are brushed aside as the story reaches its stride. Perhaps the elements that could have made it better ended up on the cutting room floor, but the film definitely could have used another ten minutes or so to flesh out a few missing pieces.

It seems as though one or both of the directors (Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston) were so concerned with the actors achieving the proper expression that their faces and words become exaggerated. This over-direction gives the impression of watching an actor playing a part, rather than a character living it. The veterans Freeman and Mirren did not bend to this, but the others seemed to have given in. The exception to this not working is Keira Knightley, who gives an excellent performance as Sugar Plum, taking the exaggeration and making it an integral part of the character.

Other than a couple of moments when the camera outpaces the action, the cinematography is grand. It blends well with the successfully ambitious visual design. Add a score that fits the mood of each scene and special effects that mesh almost seamlessly with reality and you have a technical department that has managed to avoid overshadowing both the actors and the story.

In the vein of MALEFICENT, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is a nice rebranding of the Nutcracker Suite, paying homage to all its major incarnations. There are a couple of moments that might be frightening for very small children, but the rest of the film will be sure to delight the child in everyone.
Cast & Crew
Lasse Hallstrom / Joe Johnston
Morgan Freeman / Helen Mirren / Mackenzie Foy / Keira Knightley / Matthew MacFadyen
Ellie Bamber / Misty Copeland / Eugenio Derbez / Omid Djalili / Gustavo Dudamel / Jayden Fowora-Knight / Richard E. Grant / Miranda Hart / Anna Madeley / Stacie Mistysyn / Nick Mohammed / Sergei Polunin / Prince / Aaron Smyth / Charles Streeter / Tom Sweet / Meera Syal / Max Westwell / Jack Whitehall
Simon Beaufoy / Ashleigh Powell
James Newton Howard
Special Effects
Samuel A. Sanders
Director of Photography
Linus Sandgren
Eugene Gearty / Lawrence Zipf
Sound Re-Recording
Michael Barry / Paul Hsu / Scott Millan
Stunt Coordinator
Ben Cooke / Adam Kirley
Kat Ali / Hannah Edwards / Sarah Kelly / Uxue Laguardia / Natalia Osipova / Marc Pilcher
Production Manager/UPM
David Cain / Vinay Gautam / Hannah Godwin / Jeremy Johns
Jill Andersen / Silvia Ortiz Cabanas / Rafael Cardenas / Erik A. Castillo / Sean Conly / Umit Donmez / Frederic Gagnon / Audrey Geoffrey / Nancy Martinez Hernandez / Leo Leung / Yan Morin-Dubuisson / Natalie Saccone / Jessica Tegethoff / William Yap
Special Effects Supervisor
Steve Avoujageli / Chris Corbould / Lucas Janin
Supervising Art Director
Stuart Kearns / Niall Moroney
Animation Supervisor
Raphael Pimentel / Alexandre Ronco
Source Composer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Movie Critics
3 stars out of 5 -- "[U]nderneath the tulle there's a surprisingly coherent story, and some good character actors to add a little emotional depth."
Helen O'Hara (1 Nov 2018, )
Hollywood Reporter
"The movie's best asset is young lead Mackenzie Foy as Clara, a 14-year-old Victorian girl with the sharp logistical mind of a budding engineer....Keira Knightley brings a mischievous campy spirit to the Sugar Plum Fairy..."
David Rooney (31 Oct 2018, )
Los Angeles Times
"Visually dazzling from its opening scene, this NUTCRACKER, production designed by Guy Hendrix Dyas and photographed by Linus Sandgren with visual effects supervised by Max Wood, looks tiptop as it presents an owl’s eye view of Victorian London at night."
Kenneth Turan (1 Nov 2018, )
"[With] a talented cast and some of the most spectacular design work this side of MY FAIR LADY..."
Variety Staff (31 Oct 2018, )