Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Going "Into the Woods"
Into The Woods recently became available on Netflix so I took a chance and watched it. First off, I will say I hate most Broadway and show tunes and this movie is based on a Broadway play from the 80s so it has plenty of those. But...they were tolerable. Otherwise, I thought the movie was pretty great. It has a lot of good, well-known actors/actresses---Meryl Streep as the witch, plus Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman to boot. And the costumes are fantastic. There is a great deal of humor (the scene with the princes standing on the waterfall and melodramatically tearing their shirts open had me rolling on the floor). There is tragedy as well; all does not end happily, and there are surprising little pops of violence that remind us of the brutality of the original tales. Johnny Depp does a wicked turn as a truly sleazy wolf. The rest of the more unknown actors were certainly equal to the task. The way the story takes traditional fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella) and combines them into one sweeping tale did not piss me off the way I thought it might. Clever, entertaining and filled with great outfits (Meryl Streep's dark blue attire at the end of the movie is particularly notable), I gotta recommend it---even if you don't like show tunes :)