Have you heard of the latest movie sensation Into the Woods? Think of it as a combination of many classic fairy tales, with some singing thrown in. Actually, they sing a lot because it’s a musical (if you weren’t aware).
I was very excited for this movie since I was the narrator in my middle school’s performance of the play. It’s amazing how I can still sing most of the songs after about 8 years! I’m happy to say that the movie is worth seeing, whether you’re new or a fan of the original Broadway show.
Here are 8 reasons why:
8. High production values
With a $48.8 million budget and production by Walt Disney Pictures, the movie definitely had potential. The final result is a visual spectacular. The team definitely didn’t hold back on the special effects, and what you’ll see on screen is truly magical.
7. It’s dark
Many die-hard Into the Woods fans were worried that Disney would make the film too light for the sake of family-friendliness. Don’t worry, despite the PG rating, there’s still death and rather suggestive themes in the mix, which leads to the next thing…
6. It stays true to the musical
Well, for the most part. James Lapine (who wrote the original book) served as the screenwriter for the film. The movie is PG, but some youngsters may get a little scared at some points. Wait, this is a Disney film? Oh right, the story is based off of original Brothers Grimm tales, so no surprise there.
Plus, when we did the junior version of Into the Woods in 7th grade, the entire second act was cut. Just when you think things are all “happily ever after,” the story takes a turn. People die and some say the ending is pretty dark.
Oh yeah, Johnny Depp is the Wolf in the movie. The song “Hello Little Girl” will probably make you uncomfortable, but that’s the point.
5. It’s got all of your favorite fairy tales
Little Red Riding Hood? Check. Cinderella? Yes. Jack and the Beanstalk? Yup. Rapunzel? She’s here. Even those who aren’t a fan of musicals will appreciate how the plot manages to intertwine these stories.
4. Chris Pine can actually sing
For the ladies, there are not one but two princes, and one of them is played by Chris Pine (best known as Captain James T. Kirk in the recent Star Trek films). One of the most memorable songs is called “Agony” (which you’ll see a lot of on the Tumblr tag). I don’t want to spoil it much more, but it’s confirmed that Chris Pine can actually sing quite well!
3. The all-star cast is great
Okay Chris Pine may be great, but in actuality the whole cast is great. We’ve got some big names here including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, and Johnny Depp.
However, I recently saw Edge of Tomorrow so I kept seeing the Baker’s Wife as Rita Vrataski. Lilla Crawford (known for her role of Annie on Broadway) is a perfect Little Red Riding Hood.
2. The songs will be in your head for days
“Into the woods where nothing’s clear! Where witches, ghosts, and wolves appear! … AGONNNYYYYYY!!”
I guarantee that you will leave the theater with multiple songs in your head. You might even buy the soundtrack or look it up on YouTube. And even if you forget it all, the person you saw the movie with surely will remind you. You’ve been warned.
1. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is The Witch. We all know how fabulous Meryl is, and she even becomes more fabulous later on in the film (but I don’t want to spoil it). And yes, Meryl sings! Her version of “Stay With Me” is filled with emotion and will leave your theater silent in awe.
So that’s why I think Into the Woods is worth seeing. A heed of warning: the film clocks in at 2 hours and 4 minutes, so be sure to use the bathroom before you enter the woods yourself!
Do you plan to see ‘Into the Woods?’ What was your favorite scene? Leave me a comment!