My daughter and I recently saw the newest Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and were pleasantly surprised by it. Is Disney’s Nutcracker movie ok for kids? Will they be scared or bored by the story? Read on for our take on this new twist on a classic tale.
Is Disney’s Nutcracker Movie Ok for Kids?
If you’re like me and you like to read a few reviews before going to see a movie, you would have thought this film was as bad as those “Not Another insert-stupid–movie-genre-here” movies the way people complained about the plot. Listen, when your story is based on the protagonist going to a fantastical, made up world, does it really matter how she got there? Disney’s Nutcracker is definitely not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.
Let’s begin this review by giving a little more background on the story. Is it the classic ballet with added dialogue? Is it an all new story? Or could it possibly be in between the two?
Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and “The Nutcracker,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” showcases the wondrous journey of Clara, who finds herself in the mystical world of the Four Realms, home to a host of eccentric characters and no shortage of surprises.
Based on the description Walt Disney Studios gives us, we can see that the screenwriter drew from both the original story and the ballet itself. Prepare to suspend your belief for a bit and dive right in to the fantastical.
Clara is a Bit Different
Unlike her ballet counterpart, Disney’s version of Clara feels like the odd man out. She’s not into dresses and frills as much as she wants to tinker and build and create. I love this fresh take on Clara. It’s 2018, for crying out loud, it’s about time we regularly have female protagonists that are more than just a pretty face. Mackenzie Foy is lovely and mature, but I love the go-getter attitude she gives her character even more than her looks.
Be Prepared for the Twist
I knew it was coming, but my daughter didn’t. She was quite surprised when the twist came. It was a great opportunity for a lesson in always keeping our eyes open for people who are not looking out for our best interests. I hate that I’m already having these kinds of conversations with my kids, but the sooner they understand that not everyone in the world is nice, the more they will be able to look out for themselves (and one another). Such is the world we live in.
Worth the Price of a Movie Ticket?
So, here’s the thing: this is a sweet movie. Is it a bit predictable? Sure. I love that there is no foul language or suggestive clothing/dialogue/scenes. You can safely take your whole family to this one. BUT it does tend to drag in some places, and, if you have older kids, they might find the storyline a bit easy and unsurprising.Additionally, there are some “moments of peril” that might make those under five want to cover their eyes. Use your best judgement. You know your kids better than I do.
I love that Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms got me in the mood for the holidays, and I’m glad I waited to see it during the slower afternoon showings. Save the midnight show for Mary Poppins Returns and see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms between 4-5pm for the best bang for your buck.
Check out my daughter and I on my YouTube channel below for more on what we both thought about the film!
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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is now playing in theatres everywhere!