If you get to see one last movie in 2014, make sure it’s Into the Woods. If anyone was going to bring this wonderful act to the big screen, I’m so glad is was Disney and director, Rob Marshall. I had the honor of screening Into The Woods before its release with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Into The Woods
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel–all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
5 Reasons You Must See this Movie
1. It’s hilarious. I was shocked to find myself actually cracking up on numerous occasions throughout this movie. Without giving away too much, you have to see this film if only to see the scene with the two princes in the waterfall. 😀
2. The cast. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, and Johnny Depp. ‘Nuff said.
3. Culture. For people and parents like me that weren’t raised seeing live theatre, this is a fantastic way to get the whole family into it. Seeing these well-known stars on the big screen playing out a musical is a treat for everyone and reminds us that most of our favorite flicks started on a stage. I can’t wait to open my kids’ minds to the whimsy and beauty of this kind of entertainment.
4. Deeper meaning. Through all the fantasy, it’s a very real story. After getting caught up in the delightful scenes, fun music, and awesome performances, at the end of the movie you find yourself reflecting on a wonderful moral. Life isn’t a fairytale after all. Most of the time your wishes do come true. You just have to open your eyes to recognize them.
5. The grey between good and evil. Most stories have characters that have distinguishing characteristics making them good or evil. But with this story, we see that each character is not simply black or white. They are swirling with their own grey human temptations.
Oh… and duh, for the music.
Be careful what you wish for. But be sure to make the best of whatever version of your wish happens to come true.