On my quest to dig through all the holiday films, today I want to talk about a big one I missed last year: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The list of cast members with the likes of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman was enough to get me excited, so let’s go!
It’s Christmas Eve and Clara holds the final gift from her deceased mother in her hands. It’s an egg-shaped Clara has no key for. Once she finds a way to crack it open she tumbles right into a weird land consisting of four realms. Believe me when I say they have a lot of issues over there…
As I didn’t have the time to watch The Nutcracker and the Four Realms last year, I jumped right in and gave it a shot this year. In hindsight, I should have checked out all the reviews…
Where do I even begin? This film is a giant mess from start to finish and I was completely flabbergasted by this trainwreck.
Let me begin with the story. The plot holes here are big enough for all four realms to disappear into. Just about nothing made sense! I get extremely annoyed when this happens, but what took the cake in terms of annoyance was definitely the Sugarplum Fairy.
Keira Knightley tried her best, but that godawful voice she did her reminded me of nails on a chalkboard. The Sugarplum Fairy was entirely irritating and appeared to be one thirsty bitch. There’s no other way to describe it, but should you feel the need to torture yourself and watch the film, you’ll know immediately what I’m talking about.
I tried hard to find something positive about this film but the only thing I actually like is the design. Everything looks positively enchanting and sweet enough to give you diabetes. However, that is most certainly not enough to drag yourself through a 99 minutes movie that feels more like three hours.
There are many great movies out there taking a shot at E. T. A Hoffman’s original story. Well, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is most definitely not one of them. Just go and watch The Nutcracker Prince or Barbie in the Nutcracker (I last saw this one when I was about 6, so no guarantees for quality!) instead.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!