Actually, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was already released on DVD and Blu-Ray in March. However, no reason to forget the Walt Disney adventure with the cute Mackenzie Foy in the main role. As the title suggests, the film was inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” as well as Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker”.
It’s Christmas eve. The cute Clara (Mackenzie Foy) gets a mystical present. However, the egg-shaped box is firmly closed. But the smart girl discovers a note from her recently deceased mother. Thus, she starts an adventurous quest to find the secret key, which could open her present.
In her search, Clara crosses a mysterious parallel world. She meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). That Fairy reigns the Land of Sweets. Clara also meets the young soldier Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight). Together, they discover the Land of Flowers. Moreover. they explore the Land of Snowflakes as well as the Land of Amusements.
Actually, Clara seeks the mystical key. But step by step, she becomes responsible to recreate the harmony of the four realms.
Mackenzie Foy (CLARA STAHLBAUM)
Mackenzie Foy (Clara) is the epitome of a Walt Disney princess or heroine: very beautiful, cute, smart, courageous, fragile but also strong.
Foy began her career at age 3. She started in commercials, starring in national spots for Pantene, Mattel and Burger King. She appeared also in fashion campaigns for Gap, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Estee Lauder and much more. In addition to acting, Foy enjoys drawing and roller-skating. Furthermore, she owns a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
The young talent has quickly emerged as one of Hollywood’s most exciting young actresses. With a breakout role in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, Foy’s work continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.
In addition, Mackenzie Foy is a talented voice actress. So, she is the voice of the little girl in the animated film “The Little Prince”. The film adaption of the popular book premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Also, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro gave their voices to some characters of this fim.
SUPERB, OUTSTANDING, IMPRESSIVE
Hereafter, Mackenzie starred in director Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” alongside Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway. Critics called Foy’s performance “superb,” “outstanding” and “impressive.” She won a Saturn Award and was nominated for Critics’ Choice and Teen Choice awards for her performance in the film.
In addition, Mackenzie Foy starred in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” directed by Bill Condon, as the half-vampire daughter of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
Also, Foy lent her voice to Celestine in the English version of the Oscar®-nominated French film “Ernest & Celestine”. It’s a sweet story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest (voiced by Forest Whitaker), and a young mouse named Celestine.
Furthermore, the actress voiced a character in “The Boxcar Children”. Mackenzie was also featured in the indie “Wish You Well”. Her film credits also include the thriller “The Conjuring,” opposite Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as well as “Plastic Jesus”.
Mackenzie made her television debut at age 8 on the Fox sitcom “’Til Death” and guest starred on “Hawaii Five-0” and the season two finale of “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour,” a fantasy-horror anthology series.
Of course, The Nutcracker and the Four Realm’s cannot reach the level of E.T.A. Hoffman’s novel as well as the wonderful ballet. The story is different and quite simple. Unfortunately, there is a lack of emotional moments compared to the originals. But the actors, above all Mackenzie Foy, are brilliant as well as the backdrops and visual effects. The pictures create a unique atmosphere.
They are breathtaking, especially on a big 4K OLED screen. Despite of the simple – partly frantic story – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is by all means a very entertaining movie for the young as well as the old. It shouldn’t be missed in a well-selected Blu-Ray collection. VALEUR gives 7 points.