The Nutcracker and the Four Realms tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a locked egg from her deceased mother as a Christmas gift and the adventure she goes on to figure out how to unlock the egg. The golden thread that she is presented at her godfather, Drosselmeyer's, annual holiday ball leads Clara into a mystical world where she hope to find the key to this special egg. it is in this world that Clara meets the nutcracker Phillip, mice, and the three reagents who rule over the three realms: The Land of flowers, The Land of Snow, and The Land of Sweets. In order to retrieve the key she desires, Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous fourth realm and face the diabolical Mother Ginger.
You can watch the trailer for the movie here: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_nutcracker_and_the_four_realms/
How does The Nutcracker and the Four Realms compare to the traditional Nutcracker ballet?
The story of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is so significantly different from The Nutcracker the ballet that it is almost impossible to compare the two. The only real similarity between the two is the main heroine Clara. She is presented as a strong female character who is witty and clever in both stories. Other than the main character Clara and some similarities in music, most of the other characters have different personalities and roles in the movie than in the ballet. For dancers who are used to watching the ballet every Christmas, this movie may be a bit odd to watch. However, if you keep an open mind and try to not compare it to the ballet, this movie will keep you guessing and get you into the Christmas spirit.
Misty Copeland makes a special appearance
Misty Copeland who made history as the first African American female principle dancer to perform with the American Ballet Theatre, makes an appearance in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. She performs for Clara to tell the story of how Clara's mother became the queen of the four realms. When asked about this role, Copeland states "Everyone knows the Nutcracker ballet story, but this new version of Clara and her journey is just so different. I never imagined I would be a part of a film of this magnitude. It's really just a dream come true,The Nutcracker is such a big part of my art form."
Watch Misty Copeland's interview from the movie premier here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SxbtcdeHwg