Last Friday I went on another (of what we are now calling) Sarah Date with one of my good friends the “American-but-not-so” Sarah. I met Sarah at the beginning of my last year of high school and we instantly hit it off. Which is kinda weird because normally I steer clear of being good friends with someone with the same name as me. Anyway we pretty much hit it off instantly even though we only talked to each other online and through or Classics Video Conference class. We found that we had very similar tastes in a lot of things, including movies and our love for Jeanswest.
Anyway this post is supposed to be about the fantastic movie musical we went to see called “Into the Woods”. If you are not familiar with the movie musical here is a little run down. (And yes I am totally listening to the full soundtrack as I write this!)
In a far away kingdom, we meet a childless Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt). They learn from the Witch next door (Meryl Streep) that because the Baker’s father had stolen magic beans from her garden, she made his father and mother pay by giving up their daughter, Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), to her. The poor Baker didn’t even know he had a sister! To his further dismay, he learns the Witch also placed a spell on him to ensure that he would not be able to have children. She promises to reverse the spell if the Baker will collect four items for her within three days—“ONE: THE COW AS WHITE AS MILK, TWO: THE CAPE AS RED AS BLOOD, THREE: THE HAIR AS YELLOW AS CORN, FOUR: THE SLIPPER AS PURE AS GOLD.” Getting all four of these items is no easy feat and the Baker and his wife have to do it all in 3 nights! It’s safe to say there are a few hiccups along the way.
The Baker (unknowingly followed by his wife) sets out on a journey through the neighbouring woods to find the items. Meanwhile, Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) is making her way through the woods to her grandmother’s house, while Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is going to visit her mother’s grave in the woods, and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) is off to the market in order to sell his cow, Milky White, to get money for food. In the course of their journeys, these characters and others meet and intermingle in ways familiar and unexpected, but by the end of the first half of the movie, the characters have all been granted their wishes and prepare to live their lives happily ever after. You also get to see a bit of the stories of , Rapunzel, Prince Charming (Chris Pine!!!) and his “brother” (a.k.a the Other Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince).
At the top of the second half, we see that the “happily ever after” for which our main characters wished, did not turn out quite the way they thought it would. And to make matters worse, a great disaster in the kingdom suddenly sends them back into the woods fleeing for their lives. Not everyone survives this disaster and characters face tough decisions about how to carry on. Many learn for the first time the value of depending on one another
Stephen Sondheim’s music really captivates you and draws you into the story and creates emotions that you probably didn’t think would venture out in a little old musical! But be careful what you wish for!
One of my favourite songs, and Sarah’s too incidentally, is “No One is Alone”, I was such a moving song and the both of us were in tears by the end of it, quietly sniffling away before the abrupt ending to the song freaked up both out. I’m still waiting for that amazing ending note! Also pretty sure I was already starting from the previous song.
There is also a hilarious scene where Chris Pine and his prince brother (Billy Magnunssen) battle (in song) about which one is in more agony over the fact that he can’t seem to get “his” princess and which one is in more “Agony”. Sarah and I were both trying not to crack up too much as a lot of people, mostly young kids, totally didn’t get it.
What I love about Into the Woods (both musical and movie version) is that the stories of these fairy tale characters actually follow (pretty closely) the original folk tales rather than the romanticised original Disney versions. The film deals with topics of infidelity, In saying that I still love my Disney versions but this movie was pretty awesome!
The movie is filled with all sorts of sad, joyful and hilariously awkward moments and definitely a must-see on my Summer list! Although you’d better head to the cinema quick if you want to catch it on the big screen! Wont be long now until we see it coming out on DVD!
Have you seen Into the Woods yet? Tell me below what you thought of it! Also have you seen the stage show? That’s next on my list to watch!