Into the Woods – A well-done Disney movie that comes out of the ordinary
Into the Woods is not an original Disney story, the movie is based on a Broadway musical created by Sondheim. It’s the first time Disney adapted a pre-existing Broadway show.
Should I see it?
If you like a musical than yes, this movie is for you. Otherwise, I strongly suggest you skip it all together!
Directed by Rob Marshall
Released on December 25, 2014
Running Time: 124 minutes
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, James Corden. Johnny Depp
Review – 7.5/10
Diverse Disney characters come to life and collide with each other to ultimately get what they wish for. But those wishes doesn’t come for free and without struggle…
A baker and his wife wish for a child, a young boy named Jack wish for his cow to give milk, a little girl with a red cape wish for a bread and sweets, a young woman turned servant by her stepmother wish to go to the Prince’s Ball, a Prince Charming wish to find his princess and a witch wish for her good looks once again. Those are the principal characters that you will see in the movie. The baker must go into the woods to find four magic items for the witch, if he completes this task, than the curse place on his family will be lift and he will be able to have a child. Along his journey he encounters various characters that we all know but not under the usual scenarios delivered to us by Disney animation. We see how Jack gets his magic beans, how Cinderella thought about leaving her shoe behind for the Prince, and all these new aspects are really refreshing to see.
Most of the time, when you think musical for a movie, you expect a lot of singing of course, but also some talking between the songs. The talking really doesn’t happen that often in Into the Woods, in fact, it almost doesn’t happen at all! I think about 98.5% of the movie was songs. Not a bad thing in my opinion, I thought it was original and worth watching. The movie is original, with guaranteed laughter along the way. It’s not your typical Disney movie, we all know the stories from our childhood, but what is shown in the movie is a little more twisted than your average Disney happily ever after. It’s a little long at the beginning to really get fully into the story, but the closer you come to the second part, the more it will get you hooked until an ending that you won’t expect at all.
The cast is really good, no false note to the pleasure of everyone! Meryl Streep as an evil witch is not a role we are used to see her in, but she demonstrated once again that no matter what she is asked to play, she can achieve it really well. James Corden and Emily Blunt as the baker and his wife plays a credible couple that must overcome their own demons to get what they want. Chris Pine as the Prince is fantastic, every time he’s on screen he steals the show, a great point is that he doesn’t look like he’s taking himself seriously and that’s perfect for his role. It’s quite hard not to laugh during the song Agony! As for Johnny Depp lovers, like always he plays his role incredibly, but you won’t see a lot of him.
Despite the fact that the story as some long parts and a slow pace at the beginning, for the musical lovers, Into the Woods will get you lost into the fantasy of Disney with unexpected twist and turns.
Into the Woods isn’t for everyone, the singing is so present in the movie that many won’t like it. As for me, watching a musical doesn’t bother me at all, and watching a musical with a good story equals having a good time, and that is just what I had the pleasure to live, a really good time at the theater watching characters from my childhood go Into the Woods in an unusual way.