DISNEY’S INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and in theaters everywhere Today!
“Be Careful What You Wish For” is the tag line for Disney’s Into The Woods, I have always interpreted the saying as the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and that is the best way to describe the movie. I had been looking forward to Disney’s Into the Woods for the past few months from the previews to the soundtrack to the amazing cast, I was in love with the musical film before I saw it. Luckily, I was able to see an advance screening of the film last week and I must say I left the theater torn on whether I would bring my 6 year old niece to see the movie or not. Into the Woods isn’t the typical fairy tale with the happy ending we have come to expect from Disney, but it is so much more than just a “once upon a time” fairy tale love story. The film is very intricate with everything from the plot line to the each character’s story and songs as can be seen in every detail in the film, I thought it was perfect. The film also has a higher level of maturity level than any other Disney film I’ve seen. It is definitely a film for an older audience. While this film is a musical, it’s definitely not the new Frozen even though some of the songs are catchy. Sorry parents, “Let It Go” is going to be around for a little while longer.
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.
The film is visually stunning and amazing from the sets to the costumes to every detail in the film are amazing and perfect. Which they would have to be in able to stand up to the amazingly talented cast who have such great chemistry on screen which helps make all the characters real and believable. James Corden and Emily Blunt have such chemistry as a couple and were great casting for the Baker and the Baker’s Wife. By far the 2 standout performers for me, from this amazing cast was Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep. Anna Kendrick portrayal Cinderella as a strong and capable heroine who is no damsel in distress princess we come to expect from a princess. “On the Steps of the Palace” is a beautiful song and proves Anna Kendrick can sing extremely well. Meryl Streep as the Witch was proved there the Witch more than just a villain even though she was selfish and evil at times i.e. the curse on the Baker’s house that set the premise of the movie, she was also a protective mother to Rapunzel (who she took as a baby from the Baker’s parents). There are points in the film where you hate the Witch and there are some where you are rooting for her, as the Witch sings in “Last Midnight,” she is not good nor nice but she is just right.
While I enjoyed all the songs to the film, one of the funniest was when the lovesick Prince Charming (Chris Pines) and Rapuzel’s Prince (Billy Magnussen) have a song battle at a waterfall on who’s love and “Agony” is greater when it comes to their Princesses. Chris Pines was hilarious and definitely be prepare to giggle every time you think about the scene. But Prince Charming is definitely not your typical charming loyal prince you have come to expect, he is more mature and not so charming nor so loyal when he enters the woods, just ask the baker’s wife.
The one thing I thought was there wasn’t enough Johnny Depp in this film as I had expected there to be. But from what was shown of Johnny’s character the Wolf, he played the character great. He was definitely a creepy villainous character. My only problem with this film was the song “Hello, Little Girl” it was kind of creepy in an uneasy, stalker feeling as the Wolf tries to persuade Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) to stay in the woods with him so he can eat her, which is one of the reasons I’m not sure this film would be appropriate for my 6 year old niece to see.
Overall, the film was good and it’s definitely worth seeing so you can get lost in the woods too. While I believe this movie was good, I’m still torn on if my niece at 6 years old is old enough to see it and what age would be an appropriate age to view the film. It is rated PG but it’s definitely geared towards the older audience and adults, I would think probably 8-10 years old would be appropriate to see it. The film does have some very dark and intense moments that might not be appropriate for younger kids. In the screening of the film I was at, a couple of parents left with their children during the first half of the film. I’m not sure if it was the contents of the film or if it was because the movie is 2 hours long. I would suggest a parent’s date night to see this movie first before you take the kids to see it and judge for yourself. I know I will encourage my sister to see the film before we take my niece to see it. But I know what I’m wishing for this Christmas.
I wish….I could see Disney’s Into The Woods again.
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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and in theaters everywhere Today!