This twisted fairytale musical was surprisingly lovable with stellar songs! Into the Woods translates well on the big screen, yet stays true to Broadway roots. I’m still shocked at how much I loved this movie.
Here’s the 4 surprising reasons I loved it. If you’ve seen it, maybe you’ll agree.
Surprise #1: The Music is To-Die-For
Yes, the music was my absolute fave part! Who knew Chris Pine could sing? Pretty much everyone in the movie was a really good singer, which is a nice change of pace after movie adaptations like Mama Mia went awry in singer selection. Though I must confess, after watching a Gilmore Girls episode where Paris Geller teases Brad for starring in the Broadway version I assumed the music would be as annoying as her taunts. But the lyrics were so much more poetic than most musicals. Now I’m hooked. (Ahem, don’t judge by this clip like I did. )
Surprise #2: The Story is Superb
Okay, fair warning; quasi-spoiler alert. If you didn’t know this already, the storylines don’t all end happily ever after. Which is truer to the Brothers’ Grimm versions. However, the character development was superb. In the course of dreams going awry in the woods, these formerly flat fairytale cutouts find a way to move past the death of their dreams. They each discover one simple, deep truth. We are not alone. Such a powerful message of hope. In fact, that’s one of my favorite songs in the whole movie. It’s the culmination of all the great character development. Gotta love it!
Not all the characters developed. Take the oh-so-lovable Prince Charming. Though Chris Pine really can sing, his character turns out to be smarmy in a charming way. Which in itself is a really nice twist on the fairytale version. Because really? Who falls in love after one dance?
Surprise #3: The Acting is Awesome
In my opinion pretty much all the main characters are contenders for the best performance in the show. The kids were fantastic singers, the baker was surprisingly good at both acting and singing, and Cinderella was a top-notch heroine to root for, not to mention one of the best singers in the show.
No surprise here—Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt duke it out for top performance. Both are amazing singers in the movie. I’m with you John Krasinksi, who knew Emily Blunt could sing? And yet, who plays a scary evil witch with such humanity like Meryl Streep? You see my dilemma. I guess we’ll have to wait for awards season to find out who wins.
Surprise #4: The Special Effects are Creepy/Pretty/Cool
I loved how the special effects in this movie only enhance the fairytale scenery, but still held a Broadway tone to them. I could totally picture this either way, as a movie or a musical, which made it all the more magical. This is one of those movies where the special effects, costumes, and lighting don’t overwhelm the story. They just make it better. And I for one am glad for it.
Have you seen “Into the Woods” yet? I’d love to hear your take.