Review: Into the Woods
I only remotely remember seeing this in the theater when I was little. Well actually, I don’t remember anything about the musical at all except that it was freezing in there. It was for a school trip and Lea Salonga was playing the witch. I wish I could have remembered what happened because it was probably amazing. So, my sister and I went to see this movie and it was spectacular. I felt like it deserved a standing ovation at the end.
For those who don’t know what this movie is about, it begins with several familiar characters from your childhood. The main story, though, revolves around a baker and his wife and their wish to to have a child. A witch confronts them and tells them that before a blue moon appears, they must collect four things: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Once the witch has all these things, the baker and his wife can have a child. The other stories are based on the tales of the brothers Grimm, not Disney. In a way this is better because it is the way these stories should be told. And since this movie was not intended for younger children it was more appropriate to tell the tales in this manner.
This movie was full of magic and whimsy. It brought me back to my childhood. There’s even some comedy thrown into the mix. The performances were phenomenal. Meryl Streep did an amazing job with her role as the witch. The emotions really showed through and were effective in relaying what the character was feeling at the time. I was surprised to see Chris Pine in the movie because I didn’t know that he knew how to sing. My favorite scene with him singing was when he performed “Agony” with Billy Magnussen. It was pretty funny the way they sang it and my sister and I couldn’t stop laughing. Another favorite of mine is the performance by the wolf. Johnny Depp was only there for short while but it was still a treat to see him as there. Anna Kendrick was another one of my favorites. Ever since I found out she could sing in Pitch Perfect I became a fan. She was great as Cinderella.
I can’t get enough of this movie. I highly recommend that you see it if you are a fan of fairy tales and musicals.
Fairy Tale factor: 10
Would I recommend: Yes
*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.