Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the film Into the Woods. The film features an all star cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Tracy Ullman, the devilishly handsome Chris Pine and Johnny Depp – although Depp only makes a brief appearance.
I have a confession to make – until now I never knew what Into the Woods was about. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer for this film last year and read about it that I knew it was about fairy tale characters whose lives intertwine in the woods that surround a small town.
Emily Blunt and James Corden are Mr. and Mrs. baker. They long to have a child of their own but they have never been able to conceive. It turns out that there was a curse put on their home by a witch, Meryl Streep. She tells the couple that they can have a child if they help her to collect four specific items which she will use to break the curse – a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, a gold shoe and hair as yellow as corn.
Wishing to have a child the baker heads off into the woods to collect the items the witch has asked for. His wife follows him, against his wishes.
Just before they set off on their journey Little Red Riding Hood (or a young girl who wears a red cape and wants to bring food to her sick grandmother who lives in the woods). It’s on he way to her grandmother’s house in the woods that she crosses paths with the wolf (Johnny Depp).
Meanwhile in another part of town a young boy is sent off by his mother (Tracy Ullman) to sell his best friend – a cow that conveniently is as white as milk.
In another part of town a young maiden lives with her stepmother and stepsisters and dreams of attending a 3 day party that the prince is hosting. This young maiden of course is Cinderella (Anna Kendrick).
Although none of these characters have ever met before, their lives cross paths all while in the deep, dark woods that surround their town. Oh yeah… and there are giants too!
Into the Woods is a musical – a true musical. They sign pretty much the entire movie. The opening number alone (the song “Into the Woods”) much go on for a good 10+ minutes. Because of this my husband wasn’t overly thrilled with the film. He liked the story line were good and liked the movie – he just wasn’t too keen on all the singing.
As for me, I enjoy musicals. I’m a big fan of films like The Music Man, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Doctor Dolittle (the original – not the Eddie Murphy version). I was impressed with the some of the songs too – especially the opening number. I like how their stories – in song – intertwined with one another. And who knew Chris Pine could sing.
Speaking of Chris Pine, there is a scene by a waterfall where Chris Pine’s character, the prince, signs to his friend about how his heart aches because he can’t find the women of his dreams (Cinderella – Anna Kendrick). At one point his shirt flies open revealing his chiseled abs and pecs. Not to be out done his friend rips open his shirt too. I thought that as funny.
Johnny Depp has top billing on the movie’s cover art, however he’s only seen in the film for about 5 minutes at best. I think Tracy Ullman should have been on the cover instead. She’s seen throughout the film.
It’s a fun film. It might not be good for very little children. It’s a bit of a “dark” film which includes giants (could be scary for little ones), a wolf eating a child and grandmother (they don’t show it but they elude to it) and infidelity (making out with someone other than your spouse). The film is rated PG.
There are A LOT of bonus features on the Blu-ray version (the version I have). If you have the chance to watch them you won’t be disappointed. They include a deleted scene/song by composer Stephen Sondheim, sung by Meryl Streep, a behind the scenes look at how they created the woods (it’s not real woods! It’s all man made), interviews with the cast, a look at how they created the costumes and so much more. I found a lot of the things revealed in the bonus features very interesting. For example, each of the main characters has a different costume from a different time period. I didn’t realize that when I watched the film. I also didn’t notice that Johnny Depps character had “toes” on his shoes.
Look for Into the Woods where ever movies are sold.
Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. The trailer says in theaters this Christmas, but this is a trailer from last year. The film is now available for purchase (Blu-ray…).
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.