Listening to: No One is Alone
Watching: Angry Joe Show
Playing: Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD
back in 7th grade back in my good ol High school, one of my many favorite English teachers introduced us to a musical called "Into the Woods". The story is a crossover of Rapunzal, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the beanstalk and Cinderella along with a musical original tale of a Childless baker and his Wife having to undo a curse brought by the witch next door who cursed the Baker's father to have "their family tree always be a barren one" by collecting four ingredients "The Cow as White as Milk" (Jack's Cow Milky white he needs to trade), "The Cape as red as Blood" (Red Riding Hood's iconic cape), "The hair as yellow as Corn" (Rapunzal's Hair), and "the Slipper as pure as gold" (Cinderella's gold slippers) before a blue moon at midnight to have a child.
Now when i was watching it i recall that "Ok this is a pretty solid tale weaving these stories together. least we know how and where these guys' stories evolved by unintentionally converging each other" But when it seemed like they have a happy ending...well that's where the Second act comes to play. The Second act tells how the actions and what these characters work to achieve to get their "Wishes" would cause a domino effect of troubles that they have to fix....mostly involving a pissed off Giant's wife that is pretty much killing alot of people intentionally and Unintentionally all to seek out Jack for revenge for the death of her husband by Jack cutting the beanstalk down. This is where i went "Whoa. ok I REALLY didn't see this coming! this is DARK!" which is funny seeing as the original tales aren't cut and dry. That musical was one of my high school memories i recall because i enjoyed watching this.
Cut to years later and Disney has decided to make a film adaptation of Into the Woods, to which i reply "Well hell they're doing well with Once Upon a Time, They can pull off Into the Woods' dark tale"
and to a degree they do, but understandably they had to cut SOME elements like Princes having affairs with Snow white and Sleeping Beauty over Cinderella and Rapunzal, Certain characters fates changing and just removing any sexual innuendos (and no, the Johnny Depp as the wolf is NOT dressed like a pimp, he's dressed in homage to those Tex Avery cartoons, that was the intention. ok?)
But as a whole, this adaptaion is Really pretty good in my opinion. It was good that i picked up the Deluxe Edition CD soundtrack on the FIRST night i went to see it and got to memorize the lyrics to songs so i see em Two more times. which i have. (the second night being the best since it was with a full audience.)
They pull off the First Act solid and did some clever redoings of elements like Red and Jack's key songs sung to the audience are directed to the Baker, the Narrator character being the Baker now (which admittedly means the movie doesn't have the funniest Fourth wall breaking moment in the Second act but this is a movie not a stage play) and the woods are really huge. Like IMMENSELY so it gives you a good idea that this journey is really big. I hear that there's praise from Chris Pine as Prince Charming and Meryl Streep as the Witch and while i agree, my favorite was Anna Kendrick as Cinderella who in this version is someone who is conflicted with wanting the prince when her original wish was to just GO to the Festival (which lasts three nights and there's no Midnight reset switch like usual) but she keeps running off because she knows this is kinda over her head but she has a great bit with "On the Steps of the Palace" when she makes a "Decision which is not to decide" (the Leaving her slipper as a clue) and she just sounds so nice and serene. Props also to the kids that did Red and Jack as those roles really are much older in the Stage musical But the way they're executed in the movie brings the message of the story to head more.
All the songs are good and while a good chunk from the musical aren't here (in fact i kinda forgot the other songs but i'll look em up later) key songs actually have their instrumentals remain for certain moments that they're needed (it helped that the guy who thought up the music of the original musical was brought on to help reinvent it for the Film version) Certain songs that stick with me are the "Prologue", "Agony", "It Takes Two", and "On the Steps of the palace" but the one that ALWAYS got me choked up was the penultimate song "No One is Alone"
Such a beautiful song, got me teary eyed all three times i saw the movie.
While i admit that the Second act was rushed abit (all except for the song "It was Your Fault" which SHOULD be rushed sounding but was slowed abit in tempo. odd) but keep in mind that Disney could have EASILY discarded the whole Second act. there was enough of the First Act that would've been a single simple story and hour and half movie. hell there's a version of the Musical called "The Junior Version" which is used in Elementary schools which cut out ALL of the Second act sticking with the happy ending First Act storyline. But Disney knew that the Second act was what stood Into the Woods out from the others and they kept as much as they could despite original fears about it from fans when it was first announced. and seeing as it's well recieved for the most part both critically and comercially, i say Disney did a great job.
if you can get a screening of it, I recommend going to see it. (it'll be a good January flick to see over....certain flops *COUGHTAKEN3COUGH*)
So Yeah ^^ Go out and Catch it. it's a really good Musical and a good story with a message for adults and the kids