THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is a fantasy-adventure film to transport you and older children into the dreamlike Christmas season.
My 8th-grade daughter, Veronica, and I had the special blogger/media privilege of screening Disney’s new holiday feature film THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS. This PG-rated movie is marketed for the whole family.
I have found the PG-rating system to be quite expansive, and not always emotionally/socially appropriate for my very impressionable child as she was growing up. Therefore, when viewing any PG-rated movie, I had been very aware and fascinated while observing my daughter experiencing these movies from her innocent and child point-of-view.
As we were sitting in our Exclusive Media/Blogger VIP seats waiting for the movie to start, I was surprised to hear Veronica let out a sigh of relief and celebration. She explained that she feels inundated with new movie advertisements. YouTube and other social media tend to flood the internet to market up-coming movies.
I did it! This is the first movie that I am watching, without seeing any trailers or clips! – Veronica/Age 13
Years ago, Veronica realized that many trailers can show some of the better scenes in a movie, thus potentially spoiling her overall experience when watching the actual movie. Therefore, when she already knows that she going to watch a specific movie, she has been making every effort to avoid all clips, trailers and information.
This conversation caused my mind to spin, both in admiration of her determination as well as self-assessment about my blog. How could I better present my Blog Material for those who are avoiding spoilers? If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Until I can figure this out, I will continue to express my thoughts on current PG-rated movies, to help you make a more informed choice on showing them to your family.
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS Synopsis:
A girl receives a magical gift from her recently departed mother, which leads her into a mystical adventure to a parallel universe. There, she finds herself in the middle of a battle to restore peace throughout the land.
Cast includes: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Miranda Hart (“Call the Midwife”), Jack Whitehall, Ellie Bamber and Lil Buck. [Running Time – 1:40]
This fantasy peril includes fighting sequences with tin soldiers, fairies, clowns, circus robots and mice.
The underlying dark tone of the trailer is a good example of the overall feel of the movie:
- mother has passed away (not shown, but the grief is tangible)
- main character travels to a dark forest, and has to fight against creepy characters
Veronica Meter (at age 10): “Maleficent” (2014) had dark themes, so she did not continue watching it at that time.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is rated PG, but psychologically steps a little closer into the PG-13 range, primarily due to the underlying bleak themes of loss, grief, depression and explosive-anger.
1 – SEX/NUDITY – Scenes include minor sexual innuendo (scooped-necklines/cleavage, bare legs revealed as dancer twirls, comments and mannerisms).
3 – VIOLENCE/GORE – Scenes include a haunted forest and amusement park with creepy clowns and scurrying rats.
1 – PROFANITY – Name calling (dirty rat, horrid, diabolical, maniac)
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Click here for my other posts: “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages”, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Character Posters” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Trailer”
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opens in theaters everywhere on November 2nd.