3 Buckets of Popcorn
“INTO THE WOODS” has been making the rounds of musical theater productions since 1986 when it opened originally in San Diego and 1987 when it hit Broadway with Bernadette Peters as the Witch, seamlessly weaving 5 of the stories of the Brothers Grimm into one musical story by Stephen Sondheim. It is the ultimate “mash-up” of the 5 stories of Cinderella, The Baker’s Wife, Jack & The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood with interwoven storylines and some really good songs.
Meryl Streep as the Witch in her ugly phase! Brilliantly played!
The makeup team and wardrobe team behind creating Meryl Streep’s amazing portrayal of The Witch should get the Oscars for their amazing transformation of her into both the evil wicked witch and the beautiful less evil witch she becomes. As you are watching this wonderful movie, be cognizant of the intricate details of the SOUNDS of the woods when you are making your way through them, the babbling of the brook, the chirping of the tree frogs and crickets and the soft winds flowing through the trees.
From top right: The Witch, The Wolf, Red Riding Hood, The Baker & his Wife, Cinderella’s Prince, Jack, Cinderella, and Rapunzel’s Prince.
The stellar cast includes the British comedian James Corden as the Baker and Emily Blunt as his wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine (the new Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek) as her Prince, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood (after appearing as Annie in the 2012 Broadway revival), Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (who played Gavroche in the film “Les Miserable”), and all of them do a SUPERB JOB in singing and acting their way through the entire 2+ hours movie!
I thoroughly enjoyed this musical fantasy film by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. Even though they left out about an HOUR of material from the Broadway musical including several songs and references to other Grimm stories, personally I didn’t miss them, even though tried and true Broadway aficionados like my friend, Greg Matzker in St. Louis would disagree with me. I feel that the way they told the story and developed each character was just right to keep it at an enjoyable length and to appeal to the broadest audience, both age-wise and interest-wise. I recommend you take a journey back to the fairy tales of your own youth and venture “Into the Woods” yourself! Please leave your comments and opinions below!