A few nights ago, Andrew and I finally went to see Into the Woods. Under normal circumstances I would’ve made it a priority to see it on opening night but since the film debuted on Christmas it was a near impossibility. I have loved the play and all of the music since I was in middle school so I was over the moon when I heard that Disney would be putting out a film version (many people would argue that I’m an eternal optimist). But seriously, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt all in one of my favorite musicals?! Yupp, I’m there.
I feel like it’s my responsibility to start by saying that Into the Woods was Disneyified. Since I completely expected this, it was easy for me to get over it (Andrew’s biggest complaint is that Agony Part 2 was cut, but I’ll let him wax poetic about that). I thought overall, the film was done really well. Meryl Streep plays an amazing version of the Witch. And James Corden! I have SO MUCH love for James Corden it’s almost unbearable. I was truly shocked that my favorite number (Agony) ended up being performed by the two princes, Chris Pine and Billy Magnuseen.
The catchiest song from Into the Woods will always be the prologue song of the same name which lays the groundwork for the rest of the story. The baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to go to the ball, Little Red Riding Hood wishes to see her grandmother, and the witch next door wishes to break the curse she placed on the barren baker and his wife so everyone must set off into the woods to achieve what they think they desire.
I also LOVED the costumes worn throughout the film. Little Red Riding Hood’s velvet cape with a satin bow is so incredibly gorgeous. Mr. Wolf (played by Johnny Depp) is also outfitted perfectly and I love his concealed candy collection beneath his jacket. Cinderella’s dress is gold toned which looked lovely on Anna Kendrick and Rapunzel’s dress is simply stunning! I was so excited that some of the costumes worn in the film were on display in the movie theater Andrew and I went to on the Upper West Side.
If you’re looking to enjoy some music and you love fairy tales with a more realistic ending, you should absolutely check out Into the Woods. Just be warned that it’s different than the original. But it’ll be impossible not to adore James Corden if you aren’t already familiar with him (all my Whovians know what I’m talking about).
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm 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 & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family, and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. (via Disney)