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60 Second Verdict: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

60 Second Verdict: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

60 Second Verdict: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

8 December 2018

Mackenzie Foy plays Clara, a teenage girl whose visit to a rich uncle becomes the invitation to a magical world.
By Mark Hadley

Disney, the virtual inventor of the princess genre has produced The Nutcracker and the Four Realms just in time for the holidays. MacKenzie Foy plays Clara a teenage girl living in Dickensian England. A Christmas visit to her rich uncle (Morgan Freeman) puts her on the pathway to a magical world where four fairytale realms are caught up in a terrible conflict. What follows is an Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole adventure that reveals that Clara is actually the heir to this fantastic kingdom. 

 


WHAT’S GOOD 
A visually gorgeous film stacked with stars. The best bit being Clara’s message that 'the main duty of a queen is to do what is best for her people not herself'.

WHAT’S NOT
Probably a bit difficult to follow for sugarplums under the age of ten. 

SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING
Clara emulates the real king of Christmas by ruling sacrificially. Arriving in a manager was Jesus’ first step in setting aside his own crown in favour of a cross so we could join God’s royal family. Now that’s a Christmas story fit for a princess. 

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