One of the most anticipated Disney films of the year, Into the Woods, was released just a few days ago on Christmas. With a star lineup of actors including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine (to name a few), it’s no wonder that the film raked in $15 million on opening day! I had a chance to see the movie prior to its release and was surprised to see a lot more adults in the audience than kids!
Into the Woods opens with a title track song, introducing us to most of the characters in the film. It doesn’t take long to get to the bottom of the plot – a witch who instructs a baker and his wife to find three ingredients to reverse a curse she placed on his family after the baker’s father wronged her years ago. While on the hunt for these ingredients, the baker and his wife cross paths with some names we’re familiar with – Cinderella, Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf, and Jack (and the Beanstalk).
For me, the winning scene was Prince Charming and Prince Phillip’s duet about the agony of love – so cheesy and dramatic, I couldn’t stop laughing! On the flip side, Johnny Depp (usually one of my favorite actors), who played the Big Bad Wolf, had the creepiest, most uncomfortable scene with Red Riding Hood. I’m sure the kids would be oblivious to it, but it’s definitely something that could’ve – and should’ve been left out!
With so many of my favorite actors I was sure this would be one of my top Disney films this year, but I really wasn’t too impressed with the film. Sure there were some funny/good parts, but overall, it’s one that I’d recommend holding off on seeing until it’s available to rent.
Have you seen Into the Woods? What did you think?