Into the Woods is a highly entertaining and award winning film (musical). An adaption of the acclaimed Broadway piece in the same title, it is brought to life by a star-studded cast and a great ensemble. This masterpiece is definitely one of my Top Ten Movies.
The tale is of a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who sought to reverse the curse of childlessness placed on their family by a Witch (Meryl Streep). In order to do so, the couple need to go into the Woods to assemble a list of items the Witch required, in time for the blue moon’s appearance on the third night.
Intertwined flawlessly with the main story are plots and impeccable details from Brothers Grimms’ timeless fairy tales: “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “Rapunzel”. What’s so engaging is the seamless storyline, riotous humour, sophisticated yet realistic twists and ironies. Not least the brilliant portrayal by the talented cast who fleshed their characters with great depth and charm: the human frailty, aspirations, inner most fears and imperfections. And all while keeping in good rhythm and step of the luscious soundtrack!
I Wish! (More than Anything, More than the Moon, More than Life Itself!)
Every Character in the movie each had their all consuming Wishes. The Baker and his wife longed for a child (“more than the Moon”). The Witch wanted to regain her beauty, and to keep Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) in her care/company. Cinderalla (Anna Kendrick) dreamt of going to the King’s Festival, and to meet her Prince Charming (Chris Pine). Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) was perpetually hungry, and easily distracted by pretty things. The Wolf (Johnny Depp) was on the prowl. Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) wanted to keep his cow and friend “Milky White”, his mother (Tracey Ullman) wanted her sold for gold coins. etc.
To savour the expressions, nuances and imagery, please go Full Screen.
I Know Things Now!
Like in a good tale, everyone cut their corners, told their white lies etc. And like a good story, everyone got what they wished for, only to invariably discover the ironic irrelevancy. Worse, the consequences of their selfish actions during the course of getting their wishes were so disastrous, they lost the things that actually mattered. Nevertheless, in the end there was redemption of sorts; yet also a hint that the hard won lessons have not fully sunk in. It can’t get more real than this!
Look out for the different stations of Life that each character or group of characters represent e.g. the childless couple, the woman pining for Prince Charming etc, what they did and the results! It is amazing how similar the movie is to some of Life’s drama…
As Emily Blunt puts it, “The theme very much is “Be careful what you wish for”.” To know what we really want in Life, to appreciate what we have, and to know the real consequences of what we wish for.
Two words. “Highly recommended!”
Here is another snip of the musical and opinions.
On Doing it Right
“Into the woods, but not too slow- Into the woods, it’s nearing midnight-
Into the woods to mind the Wolf, To heed the Witch,
To honor the Giant, To mind, To heed, To find, To think,
To teach, To join, To go to the Festival!
Into the woods,Into the woods, Into the woods,
Then out of the woods And happy ever after!”
Media Credits : Disney