Disney rarely puts a foot wrong in its projects but when it does, it comes up with something like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The house of mouse delivers its own take on the beloved Christmas ballet and the result of this is a special effects laden turd of a film.
Sitting through the film is akin to watching paint dry as it delivers scenes of bland acting, over-the-top dialogue and pretty much a plot line that you likely won’t care much about. It’s a film that will have you literally glued to the screen….of your mobile phone because for one hour and forty minutes, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will have tried and desperately failed to pique your interest.
The film centres on Clara, who goes in search of a key to unlock a box left behind by her late mother. She eventually stumbles into a strange and mysterious world filled with characters such as Sugar Plum, Mother Ginger and a gang of mice. She eventually discovers that the world she is now at war and it’s up to her to turn the tide to unite the Four Realms and bring peace to the land.
For a Disney movie centred on fantasy and adventure, you would think that The Nutcracker had the trappings of being a box-office hit or perhaps even a holiday classic to watch with the family. However, this film is far removed from that and its mind boggling too because you’ve got Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren in it.
Despite its outlandish sets, costumes and special effects, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is shockingly bland. So bland in fact that you shouldn’t even bother watching this one in the cinema, on television, on a device or even if you’re stuck on an airplane.
It’s so bad, you got to wonder what was Disney thinking when they greenlighted this monstrosity. I asked myself that question too after I realised I just lost close to two hours of my life watching this crap. Good luck, peddling this in the secondary market, Disney.
Popcorn Rating: Horribly tasteless