Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
—'wanna-be’ classic—almost gets there, but not quite. It seems like bits and pieces of other stories intersect with this basically simple story that initially has little character development. This structure allows no room or time to savor and digest its contents. It relegates itself to a ‘cut to the chase’ and ‘end happily ever after’ story that leaves the audience without that satiated feeling that good entertainment provides.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Clara ventures into a parallel universe and has many adventures that require great courage before she goes home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Lindy Goldstein and Sara Smith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Clara (Mackenzie Foy), Fritz (Tom Sweet), Cook (Meera Syal), Louise (Ellie Bamber), Mr. Stahlbaum (Matthew Macfadyen), Short Butler (Nick Mohammed), Tall Butler (Charles Streeter), Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), Jingles the Horse (Prince), and Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Good for children; but adults may find the movie a bit unpalatable.

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