On Christmas day I went to see Disney’s new musical movie, Into the Woods! Based on the Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods is about a baker and his wife who live in a fairy tale world. Wanting to reverse the curse that is on their home, they must go into the woods to collect certain objects from other storybook characters! Along the way they meet Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, some interesting princes and a few others you may already know. Everyone has a wish and must go on a journey to find themselves and what they really want. This movie has been anticipated for quite some time now, and I couldn’t wait to see it. It turned out to be way different and better than anything I expected. It also happens be my newest obsession – I saw it again last week! I’m very excited to talk about it so here is my spoiler free review of Into the Woods!
There is something magical about Sondheim’s score and lyrics. They tell you stories and send out messages that leave you thinking, which, in my opinion, are what musicals are supposed to do. Some of my favorites are “Giants in the Sky”, “Your Fault”, “Last Midnight”, “On the Steps of the Palace” and “No One Is Alone”, which makes me cry every time I hear it. I also like the part in the opening song, when The Witch talks about her greens! But, everyone in the movie has at least one, if not more, show stopping song/moment. My sister and I listen to the soundtrack all the time (sometimes twice a day)!
I wouldn’t say that this is a kid’s movie. I’d recommend this movie for children 9 and up. Some parts would definitely scare young kids, but it all depends on what you think your child can handle.
One of my favorite characters is Jack. He is played by Daniel Huttlestone, best known as Gavroche from Les Miserables!. His main song, as I mentioned above, is one my favorite songs in the movie, but I also love The Baker (James Corden, The Late Late Show) and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect). And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten Meryl Streep! (Save the best for last, am I right?) She gives you chills when she sings! She’s just amazing.
Disney came out with some great movies last year, and with technology getting better and better, I’m very excited for what’s in store for us this year! I love the different and creative content that’s been coming out, too. I hope that Disney will turn more musicals into movies, being this is the first one that they’ve done.
So overall, I love Into the Woods, and the message it’s sending out: Be careful what you wish for, and no one is alone. It was magical, stunning and spectacular! I cannot wait for it to come out on DVD, and I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
So what did you think of Into the Woods? Who’s your favorite character? What about your favorite song? Any other thoughts? Tell me in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for listening and have a magical day! – Ruby 8:)
You decide what’s right, you decide what’s good.” – Cinderella and The Baker, “No One Is Alone”
Ruby is a twelve year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!