The Full Trailer For “Nutcracker” Is Here and I’ve Lost It

The Full Trailer For “Nutcracker” Came Out and I’m Having a Crisis


Clara, looking ready to kick some ass.

So a couple of weeks ago, a trailer for Disney’s upcoming Christmas film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms dropped, and if you read my last piece on it, you’d think I was beside myself with excitement. And you’d be right.

We’ve already talked about what a gem the initial teaser trailer was and how hyped we were for it here, but let’s recap the premise of the movie:

When Clara finds herself in a strange and mysterious parallel world that’s home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm and its ruling tyrant, Mother Ginger, to return harmony to the unstable world. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opens in theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Now, Disney has released not only a brand spanking new trailer, it’s released concept art for the main characters. And we are excited. So let’s dive in, shall we?

Fowora-Jones as Philip is already giving me all the feels.

So the trailer starts with Clara (Mackenzie Foy) receiving a gift from her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), which transports her to a magical land. There, she is met by the Philip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), who calls her “Princess Clara” – there’s a “Yer a wizard, Harry” moment coming, I can feel it in my bones – and tells her that she’s in the Four Realms. The Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) tells her that these consist of the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers, and the Land of Sweets. Then she explains that the fourth realm is being ruled over by the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). And despite her name, no, she doesn’t bake cookies to hand out to happy, smiling children. Instead, she’s waging war on the rest of the realms, gathering up her evil forces to make everyone submit to her will. Clara is tasked with defeating her, and together with Philip they journey across the realms to face her. We also catch a glimpse of the Ballerina, played to perfection by my wife Misty Copeland.

I’ve seen this at least five times (…today), and my anticipation grows each time. First of all, the production designer clearly didn’t come to play, because the visuals are nothing short of stunning. A combination of classic Russian imagery and an Alice in Wonderland-like feel makes sure to let us know the film will be a treat for the eyes. My personal favourite is the Land of Snowflakes – but then I’m a December baby, so maybe I’m biased? (Also, this is my fifth viewing; on my first, I was salivating at the Land of Sweets).

Another thing I’m loving? The tone. They seem to be going for an Alice in Wonderland-esque feel, only much darker. (Word of warning, if clowns scare you, stay away). Even though you can feel this is a children’s film, they’re really killing it with the eerie, sinister feel of Mother Ginger’s realm and the more evil characters. Adding to that is the music: the music of Swan Lake – which everyone will probably recognise, especially if your parents made you join the junior orchestra at school – is given a majestic, haunting remix that rounds out the whole trailer beautifully.

Mother Ginger is my favourite, but I still need her to die, mmkay?

I’m also loving the characters already. Clara is completely adorable, but also doesn’t hesitate to get in on the action as soon as she’s able – for most of the trailer, she’s running around kicking automatons in the head or climbing cliffs. This is definitely the kind of movie I would have wanted to see as a child. Philip is equally adorably kickass, and it’s wonderful to see a young Black boy being the heroic Prince Charming for once. But my favourite character by far – which probably means there’s something wrong with me, but oh well – is Mother Ginger, for many reasons. First of all, Helen Mirren plays her just sinister enough that you’re terrified of her without making her campy. She looks just on the edge of unhinged, which makes her even scarier. But by far my favourite thing about her is how physical she is. By that I mean the audience get to actually see her confronting Clara and ordering her minions around, which promises that she might get to be physical in the movie. A lot of the time in films like this one, especially when the villains are women, the villain sort of just sits on their throne yelling at everyone until they’re inevitably defeated by the hero. Seeing Mother Ginger (yes, her name still makes me want cookies) actually getting physical makes me love her even more.

All in all, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, and is based on one of the most beautiful ballets ever made. What more could we want for Christmas?

Check out the rest of the posters, and let us know what you think!