My youngest daughter and I saw a screening of Into the Woods last week. The movie is a musical that combines several classic fairy tales. My daughter and I enjoyed the film, but I think I liked the musical a lot more than my daughter did. Into the Woods isn’t one of those musicals with a lot of high energy songs that make you want to sing and dance. I think that’s the reason why most kids will not like this movie as much as their parents do. Into the Woods (Disney) opens on Christmas day. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
5 Things About Into the Woods
It’s a fairy tale mash-up
Into the Woods is a fairy tale mash-up of Brothers Grimm fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. As if that wasn’t enough, a new story about the baker and his wife ties all the fairy tales together in this wonderful and wicked film based on stories we grew up with.
You should be careful what you wish for
The story starts off with Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and the Baker family wishing for something. The main wish involves the baker and his wife. They’ve been trying to conceive, but have not had any luck. Then one day they learned that a witch has cursed them. In order to break the curse, they have to find a red cape, a milky white cow, a glass slipper and hair as light as gold. But in the process of pursing their wish, the baker and his wife unleashed a giant in their kingdom, caused the death of love ones, and ruined the marriage of a royal couple.
It’s a musical
You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but Into the Woods is a musical. By musical, I don’t mean it’s a movie with some singing. It’s the other way around. Most of the story is told through songs and there is very little dialog in the film. Into the Woods isn’t a musical like Hair Spray or Grease. It’s more like Les Misérables. So if you didn’t like Les Mis, you’re probably not going to like Into the Woods.
Emily Blunt and Chris Pine can sing
There are a lot of big names in this movie. As you can expect, most of the actors sing in the musical. I’ve seen Meryl Streep (witch) and Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) sing in previous movies (Pitch Perfect for Kendrick, and Mamma Mia! for Streep), so I knew they could sing. However, I was surprised Emily Blunt (The Baker’s Wife) and Chris Pine (Prince Charming) could also sing and they sang very well. Into the Woods also featured James Corden (The Baker), Lilla Crawford (Red Riding Hood), Daniel Huttlestone (Jack), Johnny Depp (The Wolf), Mackenzie (Rapunzel), Lucy Punch (Lucinda), Christine Baranski (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel’s Prince), Frances de la Tour (The Giant), Tammy Blanchard (Florinda), and Tracey Ullman (Jack’s mother). The musical was directed by Rob Marshall.
Into the Woods is rated PG
The 124-minute musical is rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material. I don’t remember the suggestive content, but I have to admit some of the scenes might be a little scary for very young children.