On Christmas Day, Disney will be releasing Into the Woods. Into the Woods is based on the musical of the same name. Personally, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this film since I found out about it, because I am a huge fan of the original musical. I'm happy to say that Disney got this one right, unlike Maleficent, which was a huge disappointment earlier this year.
Into the Woods is about a baker and his wife going into the woods to reverse a curse placed on them. The Witch explains to them why she cursed them. The curse was that the two would be unable to have a child. To reverse the curse, they have to find the following items: The Cow as White as Milk, The Cape as Red as Blood, The Hair as Yellow as Corn, and The Slipper as Pure as Gold in three days time.
The film also follows many other fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, who wants to go to the festival, and continuously runs away from her prince. It also follows Rapunzel, who is also important to The Witch's storyline. Also, a young boy needs to sell his cow to get money for his mother. And of course, Red Riding Hood as she tries to deliver food to her sick Grandmother.
When all seems well, the movie transitions to Part 2, where the Giant wants to kill the boy. I will leave it at, Happily Ever After is far from a good description for how this movie ends. You will need to see the film to see how it ends, and Part 2 has some major differences from the musical itself.
The acting in this film was top notch. Johnny Depp was the Wolf, Meryll Streep played The Witch, and the two were amazing in the film. Streep sang a few great songs during the film, and it really made her character shine. The music in the film was absolutely amazing, and I recommend buying the soundtrack. The film was a lot more true to it's source material than I would have expected. Any fan of the original musical will be pleased, as well as newcomers to Into the Woods. The movie is surprisingly rated PG, but could easily have had a PG-13 movie, and is not for everyone.
Overall, I recommend that you see this movie. It is a long one, but is worth the time, and you will be entertained. I applaud Disney for their amazing work in bringing this Musical to the big screen! Rating: 9/10 stars.