I just watched Disney’s upcoming new movie, “Into the Woods” as part of the media event at the Walt Disney Studios. As a Disney Addict, I love all things Disney. And this movie is no exception. The story and subplots are hilarious and full of twists and turns, but also have adult themes that for me don’t fit the PG rating. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic and the cast is spot on. Meryl Streep as the wicked witch could not be better. She gives scary a whole new look. Perfectly mixing several favorite Brothers Grimm fairytale versions together with the story of the Baker and his wife is what makes this latest Disney movie a hit for me. The musical talents of the stars including Meryl Streep (Wicked Witch), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), Jack’s mom (Tracy Ullman) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) as well as the Baker and wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), and Prince Charming Brothers (Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen), and last but not least, Johnny Depp (Big Bad Wolf) are amazing and will have movie goers singing “into the woods” all the way home. The duet between the Prince Charming brothers is hysterical, while Cinderella’s song at the steps of the palace while she is “stuck” gives us an idea that it might not be a happily ever after for her and her Prince. Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince Charming was a hit in every scene he appeared and although I had a preconceived less than positive idea of Johnny Depp’s role, the Big Bad Wolf, was a custom fit for Depp. I will admit the Red Riding Hood and Wolf scenes were not for me and yes, they could be considered sexual as other reviewers have mentioned. Christine Baranski as the Wicked Stepmother and mean step sisters played by Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch received a dose of karma in the end.
The movie is produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall and directed by Rob Marshall with music from Stephen Soundheim. The story revolves around the Baker and his wife and their wish to start a family. Finding out they have been cursed and given the opportunity to break the curse, they set off “Into the Woods” where they meet the other characters who for different reasons of their own have all gone “Into the Woods.” Adventures, musical numbers, scary scenes and romance is all brought together but not in your traditional happily ever after Disney movie. Instead we are given a lesson which I learned a long time ago. “Be careful what you wish for” – it might come true and not be what you really wanted.
Don’t miss “Into the Woods” on Christmas Day.
Loretta Garcia, Entertainment Writer for Chip and Co. Let me know what you thought of the movie.