Disney's INTO THE WOODS (Movie) 2014

"Into the Woods poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia
Stage Play/Musical (NY Times review By FRANK RICH
Published: November 6, 1987)

Darker and more sensual


Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them-imdb
PLOT CHANGES (Tamed for kids, but still has A LOT of innuendos) 

Dominick Mayer's film review 


When I was a teenager, I used to confuse the story of INTO THE WOODS with Hansel and Gretel's LOST IN THE WOODS.  It took a while for me to realize that these were two different musicals/plays.  INTO THE WOODS is about the rude awakening of the fairy tale characters as they discover their sexuality, which includes the lasciviousness of the wolf towards Little Red Riding Hood...that the prince's visits to Rapunzel included making love to her...et cetera, et cetera.

Disney tamed the story a bit and only a bit.  The innuendos are still there.  They just made certain characters remorseful and added more self-control. They should have sanitized it more, after all it's a Disney Film.  

As adults, we somehow enjoyed the movie(I know that this has mixed-reviews), but I don't think I would recommend this for kids. No way!  The music is beautiful, of course, because Stephen Sondheim is Stephen Sondheim.  The voice of each character who sings is beautiful, but my parents believe that Chris Pine's voice sounded forced(even Perfect Pitch's Anna Kendrick was not as good, but good enough---she was better in PP).  The lyrics, even with all the subliminal messages and the direct ones, are beautiful.  Light wins over darkness and the message of NO ONE IS ALONE pulls some heartstrings:


Cinderella:
Mother cannot guide you.
Now you're on your own.
Only me beside you.
Still, you're not alone.
No one is alone. Truly.
No one is alone.
Sometimes people leave you.
Halfway through the wood.
Others may deceive you.
You decide whats good.
You decide alone.
But no one is alone.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD:
I wish..
Cinderella:
I know.
Mother isn't here now
Baker:
Wrong things, right things
Cinderella:
Who knows what she'd say?
Baker:
Who can say what's true?
Cinderella:
Nothings quite so clear now.
Baker:
Do things, fight things,
Cinderella:
Feel you've lost your way?
Baker:
You decide, but
Both:
You are not alone
Cinderella:
Believe me,
No one is alone
Baker:
No one is alone.
Believe me.
Cinderella:
Truly
Both:
You move just a finger,
Say the slightest word,
Somethings bound to linger
Be heard
Baker:
No one acts alone.
Careful.
No one is alone.
Both:
People make mistakes.
Baker:
Fathers,
Cinderella:
Mothers,
Both:
People make mistakes,
Holding to their own,
Thinking they're alone.
Cinderella:
Honor their mistakes
Cinderella:
Everybody makes
Baker:
Fight for their mistakes
Both:
One another's terrible mistakes.
Witches can be right, Giants can be good.
You decide what's right you decide what's good
Cinderella:
Just remember:
Baker:
[Echo] Just remember:
Both:
Someone is on your side
Jack, LRRH:
OUR side
Baker, Cinderella:
Our side--
Someone else is not
While we're seeing our side
Jack, LRRH:
Our side..
Baker, Cinderella:
Our side--
All:
Maybe we forgot: they are not alone.
No one is alone.
Cinderella:
Hard to see the light now.
Baker:
Just don't let it go
Both:
Things will come out right now.
We can make it so.
Someone is on your side
No one is alone.

Am I so bad for liking the second part of the story better?  The twisted plot was exciting, even with all the violence and...deaths.  Who died?  I don't want to say.  If you are not familiar with the play/musical, I don't want to give you spoilers.  If you are familiar with it, you must know of the changes.  Are the changes good? It depends on your perspective.

All I can say is that I love the loyal Baker, Cinderella and Jack the best.



CAST:











Popular posts from this blog

The Giver (2014)

Sana Dati: A bittersweet story with a beautiful ending (Another thinkers' movie)

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN(2015):A tearjerker that will give you(well, not all) hope and strengthen your faith