The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
By Katelyn Smith and Ava Welsch
The Nutcracker is a fantastic film in which Clara (played by Mackenzie Foy) is lead to the magical world of the four realms by her godfather (Morgan Freeman), when she is there she is treated like royalty, the nutcracker (Jayden Fowora-Knight) assists her through all of her adventures.
The scenes were very vivid, with bright, lively colors. The opening scene is a classic Christmas scene in a snowy Victorian London where Clara and her family are decorating their Christmas tree. This is a very somber, because the family is still mourning the loss of Clara’s mother.
Casting was done perfectly, every character seemed to fit the role they were cast to play. The acting was also fantastic, especially from Fowora-Knight, who had only been in one movie prior to this. Morgan Freeman (Drosselmeyer) and Helen Mirren (Mother Ginger) added a level of experience and wisdom to the cast, they both played their parts exquisitely, as usual. Misty Copeland (Famous Dancer) was a great addition to the film, audiences were left breathless after her performance.
One original concern about this movie was if the directors would keep enough of the original story, though they did add quite a few plot elements that differed from the original, but they kept the same characters and they same idea of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger, but added the Land of Flowers, and of course, the Fourth Realm. Considering the amount of things changed, this movie may not be for the nutcracker purist.
Though the scenes were very beautiful and the characters were fantastic, the ending of the plot left much to be desired. In the beginning of the film there is foreshadowing of a romance, this is fully carried through with much flirting and seemingly hope for a more-than-friends moment. Unfortunately, at the end of the movie when the characters are parting, they never fulfill the much anticipated romantic connection.
Compared to the many dance numbers in the original, there are very few in the movie. One number is danced by Copeland near the middle of the film, and tells the story of the Four Realms. Although it was a gorgeous spectacle, it seemed like a stretched attempt to fit in the original story.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is inspired by classic ballet, but in order for it to be fully enjoyed, the viewer must separate the two works. The movie is not an exact recreation, but rather a subplot that came from the majesty of the original.