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Into the Woods

Yesterday I went to see Into the Woods thinking that the movie would be similar to the Once Upon a Time TV series - a dramedy but with some songs included - instead I got a musical with pure comedic silliness!

The movie's plot is basically about a childless baker and his wife who need to find four items for a witch to reverse the curse she placed on their household long ago. The story then follows the couple as they interact with characters in several of Grimm's fairy tales to procure "a cow as white as milk (Jack & the Beanstalk), a cape as red as blood (Little Red Riding Hood), hair as yellow as corn (Rapunzel), and the slipper as pure as gold (Cinderella)". Subsequently the story also explores each characters wishes and their consequences. Based on the play of the same name, the movie does detour slightly from the original stage production in places where only cinema is allowed to go.

I can't say enough about how entertaining Emily Blunt (Baker's Wife) and James Cordon (Baker) are. Anna Kendricks (Cinderella) and Meryl Streep (Witch) were wonderful as usual. Johnny Depp (Wolf) did his usual 'character' work but I spent more time looking at his makeup in particular determining what his wolf whiskers were made of (one too many Face Off episodes I think lol) than paying too attention to his dialogue which upon closer inspection and analysis crosses the pedophilia borderline. Now I don't know how much of the movie dialogue is direct from the James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim's original play, having never seen it BUT still I'd like to know what Disney was thinking (yes it's a Disney movie) in not rewriting it PG for the film even the song's a bit risqué for the family entertainment empire. Maybe Disney thought no one would notice? Anyway, I also found Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood a bit much in terms of her singing specifically. She had that I've been in one too many Annie/stage productions for my liking - I wanted her to tone it down with the over singing since less is more on the screen.

The most hilarious, campy and a definite highlight moment by far within the movie has to be the duet between Chris Pine (Cinderella's Prince) and Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel's Prince) at the waterfall for the song "Agony". The whole cinema doubled over with laughter as they tried to out do each other in sexiness. That scene is worth the price of admission alone. Too bad they didn't have more campy singing scenes together. Chris Pine is just a delight - his Prince's flirting with Emily Blunt's Baker's wife and their extra marital hook-up just added to the crazy twisted hilarity of it all. And just when you think it's ending you get a least another half hour of a strange mishmash of scenes that don't quite fit together cohesively that brings in an escaped giantess from Jack's upper world. It leave you scratching your head and I kept hoeing this part would end sooner than it did.

The moral of the story is: Don't go into the woods and be careful what you wish for as it just might come true but not quite the way you imagined!

I wish...

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