Into the Woods Movie Review
Into The Woods blew me away.
Although I didn’t get as much Depp as I had hoped, Disney’s venture down a dark and controversial path sends shivers down spines with stunning visuals and electrifying performances. I wanted to burst into applause after every song—the music is seamlessly integrated—and our audience actually did, after the marvelously comedic rendition of “Agony” by Chris Pine, who plays the Prince, and Billy Magnussen who plays The Other Prince. It’s a musical score worthy of accolades with vocals that do not disappoint.
Movie-making aside, the core story is nothing like the happy-go-lucky Disney retellings—and I love it. From what I’ve read of the musical synopsis, the movie takes leaps in bringing the story to life without sacrificing the essentials. Into The Woods follows the original Grimm fairytale endings more closely than any interpretation I’ve seen before, and it’s truly a treat when these well-known characters, fresh in our eyes, cross paths.
Keep in mind that while this Disney movie deals with death, lying, stealing, child abandonment, and infidelity, it doesn’t glamorize these themes or push them under the carpet. Instead, the reader is allowed to make his own conclusions. The woods, a character in itself, exemplify life as a metaphor, augmenting both the good and ugly human qualities. The message closest to my heart is in the song “No One is Alone,” a song about loss that struck a deep chord. The movie also presents a warning about wishes and actions that can turn into generational curses. The richness of each character, the comedic/dramatic balance, and the powerful songs coalesce to form one of the best movies of 2014, and one of the best musical adaptations ever.
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