New on Disney: An expensive fairy tale blockbuster that justifiably flopped in the cinema

New films on Disney Plus are still rather rare in direct comparison with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But the streaming service isn’t doing its subscribers a favor with this early Christmas present.

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Two capable directors, one after the other, bit their teeth on the subject – and put the 130 million dollar fairy tale blockbuster “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” in the snow despite the all-star cast …

First, arthouse star director Lasse Hallström (“Gilbert Grape”, “Chocolat”) tried to make the real version of the famous ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, which in turn was based on the short story “Nutcracker and Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann based. The blockbuster experienced Joe Johnston then took over the extensive re-shoots – but even the “Captain America – The First Avenger” director couldn’t save much.

Christmas in midsummer

Everything about “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” screams for winter and Christmas (hence the cinema release in November 2018). On Disney, on the other hand, the film will now be released in midsummer – but maybe that’s not so bad, because you can maybe 123movies cool off a little with the shivering snowy landscapes. The only problem is: the fairy tale leaves its audience absolutely cold, even outside the winter setting!

The fairy tale leaves its audience absolutely cold, even outside of the winter setting!

The 1.5-star review by says: “A genre monotony that is just as arbitrary as it is loveless, which for the most part simply recycles cliché elements from other fantasy films such as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and yet not touching them or even just a coherent narrative. ”It’s a shame about superstars like Morgan Freeman as the wise godfather Drosselmeyer, Keira Knightley as the crazy sugar fairy or Helen Mirren as the tyrannical mother Gigeon.

The 1.5-star review by says:

Kitsch fans get their money’s worth

As a narrative, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, in which Clara (Mackenzie Foy) suddenly lands in a fantasy world consisting of four realms while chasing a mouse on Christmas Eve, is a big disappointment. But where there was no messing about, there was the equipment: Those who just can’t get enough of the kitschy Christmas decorations in winter Disney World will get their money’s worth here too.

But where there was padding and not spilling, the equipment is:

So our criticism closes with the statement: “Anyone who likes Disney’s artificial understanding of a perfect Christmas can indulge in the pompous and sugar-sweet backdrops and costumes for 100 minutes without being distracted by something like a plot in between become.”

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is now available on Disney in Germany.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is now available on Disney in Germany.

The complete review of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”