What would you do to ensure your dreams and wishes came true? Would you give up your morals and beliefs? Assist a woman that you know is a witch and has harmed your family in the past? Those whose stories are written down as fables and other questions must be answered if they wish to live a happy life after their story has ended.
Disney’s Into the Woods was based off the play with the same name written by James Lapine. The film tells the stories of several well-known characters from the stories written by The Brothers Grimm. Each character goes on a quest to gain their happy ending meeting each other along the way. They learn how different real life is compared to a life written in a story.
Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is a young woman that wants to attend the Prince’s ball despite being denied by her step-mother. She is a dreamer and ignores the abuse from her step-mother and step-sisters. She is meek and indecisive allowing others to make choices for her.
Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) is a young boy that is getting yelled at by his mother for always having his head in the clouds. He is tasked with selling their cow for coins yet is tricked into selling him for magic beans. He is creative yet has a short temper and hates when people call him a lair when he’s telling the truth.
Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) is a young girl named after the red cloak she wears. She is visiting her sick Grandmother who lives in the woods. She is easily distracted and forgets the task at hand. She uses her appearance as a child to get free things from stores in the market hoping others will feel sorry for her.
The Baker (James Cordon) he owns a shop with his wife and is trying to have a child despite the curse placed on him by a witch. He loves his wife and will do anything to make her happy even at the sacrifice of his own. He is meek and will follow orders given to him by his wife or other powerful woman in his life.
The Witch (Meryl Sheep) is an old woman who wants to be left alone with her garden and adopted the Baker’s sister, Rapunzel. She visits the Baker offering to remove the curse placed on his family after his father stole her magic beans taking away her beauty. She is overprotective of her daughter, Rapunzel, going to any length to ensure she stays safe instead of being harmed by the world.
Paying a Price
It’s interesting that the film takes on a darker view of the faerytales we grew up with as children. Showing what a person will do to ensure their dreams come true and the prices they are forced to pay in the end. Into the Woods shows both sides to the stories we all thought we knew after reading them in storybooks.
I would rate this film an eight out of ten. I enjoyed the interactive story connecting the characters together and how on point they were compared to the characters thy were representing from the faerytales. There is a disconnection in the story when the threat of giants is revealed making the ending seem rushed compared to the developed setup in the beginning.
We assumed that witches were evil and that princesses were innocent damsels waiting to be rescued. Instead. we are shown that there are other emotions hidden inside and that anyone can be evil or innocent it merely comes down to who is telling their story. For no one wants to be painted as the villain even those who try to be the hero of their own story.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read