The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the perfect family-friendly, action-packed movie to watch during the holiday season. The film attempts to provide a twist to the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker. Actress Mackenzie Foy plays Clara Stahlbaum, a curious, scientifically inclined young girl who mourns the recent loss of her mother. On Christmas Eve, her father gives her a present from her mother: a mysterious box that can only be opened with a specific key. Instantly intrigued, Clara does everything in her power to find this key and honor her mother’s memory.
To find the key, Clara discovers a new world with beautifully, bizarrely dressed characters, one of which is a nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight). She meets three leaders of the four realms, the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), Hawthorne (Eugenio Derbez) and Shiver (Richard E. Grant), who reveal that her mother was the queen of their land and actually had created it from her imagination. They ask her to help save it from being taken over by a daunting villain. During her nerve-wracking journey, Clara uses her bravery, scientific knowledge and love for her mother to stay practical in a world far from reality. Phillip stays by her side while she courageously fights for the product of her mother’s creativity.