Disney's “Into the Woods” Review

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I had the wonderful opportunity last week to see a preview screening of the Disney movie “Into the Woods” directed by Rob Marshall, the acclaimed b2ap3_thumbnail_itw3.pngfilmmaker behind “Chicago”, “Wicked”, and “Pirates of Carribbean”.  The movie is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales.  I was absolutely enthralled by all of the characters in the movie and the riveting special effects and intertwining the plots of a few choice fairy tales we all have grown up to love!  Not only was the movie full of classical fairytales but also humor!  The plot took us through each of the characters’ wishes and quests of classic tales such as Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) were all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

“Into the Woods” is a movie that the entire family would enjoy and I definitely recommend this movie to you all … I will for sure take my two daughters to the theater so they can experience the classic fairytales I used to read to them when they were younger!  I was on the edge of my seat as each of the characters from the fairytales merged with one another and the storyline taught us that happily ever after may end differently depending on circumstances.  Meryl Streep with her long grey mane of hair brought the witch character into a new light and stole the show with her amazing acting skills … She blew me away with her vibrant voice as she sung her heart out through her character!  Johnny Depp, who is one of my favorite actors, played another dark role as the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ …although it was a small part in the musical, he was still able portray the wolf in a scary but electrifying manner that you would STILL remember when the movie ended!

I will not spoil the ending for you all but I will say that the story left me feeling happy, thinking through the nature of love and loss, and how I can pass down the good things to the next generation so others remember me and my legacy!! And…the phrase, “Anything can happen in the woods.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_itw2.pngIt’s a MUST see movie and definitely is a new tradition to start seeing movies on Christmas day with your family!!

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 & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

 

Rated PG

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~ Tammy