Right off the bat, it’s easy to see just how visually spectacular this movie looks. The sheer attention to details on the costumes and sets looks incredibly impressive, and the action is truly spectacular. More specifically, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms seems to not shy away from maintaining a dark atmosphere, with plenty of legitimately intense sword fights and battle scenes included in its story. The Nutcracker has become a classic holiday story that many families return to year after year around Christmas, but The Nutcracker and the Four Realms seems particularly faithful to the original source material in terms of how dark, ominous, and action-packed it is willing to get with its story. In fact, one specific battle sequence in a rundown circus looks almost Tim Burton-esque in tone and style, which shows just how bold Disney is willing to go with this one.