Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Movie Review: Into the Woods

I went to the movies with two of my best girls a few weeks ago, and we saw Into the Woods. This is a Disney movie, but it is NOT kid-friendly. This movie is fantastic, but it's not your usual Disney family-friendly take on fairy tales. Instead, it's the dark and graphic version that you likely have never heard, unless you've read Grimm's Fairy Tales. 

The story is an interesting one, in that all the characters interact and are woven together through an unusual plot. You've got Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), Cinderella and Prince Charming, Rapunzel and her prince, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), and then there's the witch (Meryl Streep), and the Baker and his wife. 

I do not remember a fairy tale with a baker and his wife, but in this movie, the baker and his wife are infertile because of a curse the witch placed on the family after she found the baker's father robbing her garden. The witch appears immediately and tells the couple that in order to lift the spell that she placed upon the family, they would need to get specific items, bring them to her, and then she would be able to lift the spell and the wife would find herself pregnant. They were desperate, so they set out to find the items she requested.

The items needed included: Red Riding Hood's cape, Cinderella's golden slipper (not glass), a cow as white as milk (Jack's cow-- "Milky White"), and hair as yellow as corn. Because they needed these four items, they intertwined with each of the characters in some way.

I enjoyed the movie and found it to be really entertaining, but there was a LOT of singing. Like 85% of this movie is all song. It is, a film adapted from the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical, "Into the Woods."

I definitely recommend it to someone that likes musicals and wants something fun to watch while the kids are in bed.  :-)


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