Into the Woods

Into the Woods is an adaptation of a play which is a modern twist of several of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, combined together and with intertwining plots of a few choice stories. This is a smorgasbord of several fairy tales.

This is a musical and a re-imagination of 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.

With so many characters and sub-plots, the opening song introduces all the characters and their dilemmas. Cinderella who wants to go to the big ball; Rapunzel who is shut away in a tower by the Witch; Little Red Riding Hood who on her way to visit her grandmother is pursued by the Big Bad Wolf; and Jack who has to sell the family cow for some beans.

Emily Blunt stars as the baker’s wife which is the central character. She wanted to have children but cannot bear children because of a curse by the Witch.

Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and wanted a few items from the baker and wife before midnight on a blue moon; this will break the curse on the baker and wife and also the curse on her. Cinderella, Jack from the Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood all contributed an item to break the curse.

Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella and Johnny Depp has a cameo role as the big bad wolf wanting to eat Little Red Riding Hood.

Like Maleficent, Into the Woods is shot mostly dark and gray which is not typical of Disney movies. The gowns and clothes of all the characters are mostly gray, brown and gold instead of the bright and pastel colors of Disney.

This is a unique interpretation of several fairy tales by combining all of them which seems like they all take place in the same universe. The music is good with a few memorable tunes and the performances from the main characters are solid. Who knew Meryl Streep can sing that well?

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