Into the Woods
From broad-way to the big-screen Disney brings us Into the Woods! A magical musical that kinda grew a little stale with its two-hour time-frame.
In this film we have a Baker played by James Cordon (Begin Again, The Three Musketeers, Vampire Killers) and his wife, played by Emily Blunt (The Wolfman, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Devil Wears Prada) who desperately want a child to begin a family. In comes the Witch; Mrs. Meryl Streep looking gorgeous in blue might I add (Kramer vs. Kramer, Before and After, Mamma Mia!) who informs the unfortunate couple that the reason they are barren is because of the curse she’s put on them long ago because of the Baker’s thieving father. However she is willing to remove the curse if they can help her restore her youth and beauty within three days time. In order to do this a spell must be done using three items: A hood as red as blood, a cow as white as snow, hair the color of corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. The items can only be found in the woods.
What fascinates me about this movie is the use of The Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tale’s and mixing and merging four of the classic stories creating a brand new tale that’s just as captivating as the originals. The stories being little Red Riding Hood played by Lila Crawford (Into the Woods) with Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, The Tourist, Public Enemies) as the Wolf. Jack and the Beanstalk with Jack played by Daniel Huttlestone (Les Miserables). Cinderella played by Anna Kendrick (Drinking Buddies, Pitch Perfect, The Last Five Years) and Rapunzel played by Mackenzie Mauzy (Brother’s Keeper, The Bold and the Beautiful *TV series). All of these characters have problems and wishes to make regarding those problems all of which come true…at a price.
Watching this in theaters makes me really, really want to see this on broad-way! I’m going to have to do some research on that. However following the uncertain Baker and his desperate-for-a-child wife into these stories trying to take the items they need from the characters from our bedtime stories was great fun. It’s great to know that I have a hard time deciding who I enjoyed the most. Meryl Streep duh…but my second to best is a difficult tie between Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick. Of course seeing that Johnny Depp would be playing the Wolf in the movie trailer I knew that would work out just perfectly. We also have a funny duet sung by two handsome princes, Rapunzel’s Prince played by Billy Magnussen (The East, Surviving Family, Choose) and Cinderella’s Prince; Chris Pine (Star Trek *2009, People Like Us, Horrible Bosses 2). Director Rob Marshell gave us some fantastic imagery pitting these characters in the dark foreboding woods, giving us a beautiful twist of something both frightening and magical.
However what I said before still stands. As great as the movie was it overplays its welcome. I feel like there was a part one and part two of this movie where if they had just ended it at part one it would’ve ended perfectly. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you go see the movie. Everything is great, everyone’s celebrating the narrator’s just about to close the story when….oops…it’s not over yet! Or maybe it was a message that not all stories end with happily-ever-after…perhaps.
Still loved it though.
Rotten Tomatoes has this fairy tale with a twist at 72% fresh!
Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.
The moral of this movie is quite obvious: Be careful what you wish for. I feel like I’ve heard this lesson before…like ten million times ago. Oh well, a fresh reminder wont kill me. Or you. I encourage you to see this film which has a few nominations, I hear, in the upcoming Golden Globes Awards. Just go to a fancy dinner and a movie place or watch at home when it comes out just so it doesn’t drag.