It was the first time in a long while that my aunt had sat down with her family for a movie night. The week had been a bit of a strenuous one, but it was nice to be able to look forward to something. I arrived with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on bluray to the excited chatter of my cousins and the welcoming hug of my frazzled uncle.
It was nice sitting down with everyone as we all prepared ourselves for a lovely evening. My aunt came around, passing out ice cream cones and bowls of popcorn, as my uncle set up the projector.
Josh was very animated throughout the movie. Despite some of the parts being quite scary they were also his and Anna’s favourite parts. The ballet scene, a spectacular display of talent and wonder that I would happily watch again and again, left everyone in awe. Both of my cousins were inspired to dance.
But everyone was impressed with the costuming, sets and lavish backdrops. So much work has been put into it, and you can learn a little more about it in one of the special features.
Speaking of special features, here they are!
On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland (4:36)
Chatting to Misty Copeland and her involvement with the film. Definitely watch this if you loved the ballet stage scene.
Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (7:08)
A very interesting look at how the studio built all the sets (three different forests were made!) and the costuming. It’s a good seven minutes long, but I really wished it was longer.
Deleted Scenes (4:05)
Five deleted/extended scenes that were cut from the final film
Music Videos (8:29)
Two music videos, one with Andrea Bocelli, and another of the movie’s Nutcracker Suite, performed by pianist Lang Lang.
If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing film to distract the kids or have a lovely movie night with the family, here’s one of the bookcase.