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November is almost here. The stores already have Christmas stuff on the shelves and some super achievers are already finishing up their holiday gift shopping.
For me, gift giving is a blessing and a curse. This is in part due to not wanting to be too commercialized in our gift giving with the boys. We want them to appreciate Christmas for what it is and not what society has made it become.
Thoughtful gifts are how I try to approach things. Recent years has me more focused on experiences than things for the boys. Although, there is a 9-year-old boy in the house in need of a bike.
In The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, young Clara receives a gift that at first disappoints. But, she soon sees how valuable it was.
About The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift.
A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) 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 (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
Journey To The Four Realms Featurette
Short Review of The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
My youngest son and I were fortunate to attend an advance screening of the film. There was an audio hiccup which meant missing the dialog for one scene near the beginning. However, that was a small blip of the movie which did not dampen our enjoyment.
The cinematography is stunning. While in London, you feel as if you are peeking into Clara’s family home and then her godfather’s grand estate. And the portrayal of the Four Realms is just as breathtaking.
My son’s favorite scene is the opening one with Clara showing her younger brother how the laws of physics can work to set a mouse trap. He also got excited to see toys grow and come to life using Clara’s mother’s invention.
Something that had me excited about this film is that it can serve as an introduction to The Nutcracker and ballet for boys who might be leery of it. When you go, make sure to stay through the first part of the credits as the talented Misty Copeland provides a beautiful ballet clip.
As I adore the music in this film, I thought it fitting to also share the “Fall On Me” Music Video. This features Andrea Bocelli and his 20-year-old son Matteo Bocelli.
Do you enjoy holiday-themed movies?
Who would you take to see The Nutcracker And The Four Realms?