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Disney’s Into The Woods: A Masterpiece for The Senses

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If you could wish for one thing what would it be? A bigger house? A  new Car? More money? Health? Wealth?

We all have so many wishes, but what happens when you get your wish? Does it end up being what you really needed or wanted?  In Disney’s Into The Woods we get to experience what it’s like when 3 Characters have wishes they want so dearly, yet when they have those wishes come true..is it really what they wanted? Cinderella wishes to attend the King’s festival; Jack, a simple young man, wishes that his cow, Milky White, would give milk; and The Baker and his Wife wish they could have a child. Into The Woods follows these 3 central Characters along with some other great ones combining for an epic story that joins some of our most beloved fairy tales, some that end up being quite different than what we thought they were.

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Last week I had the privilege of attending a special screening of this Amazing remake at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, The Academy theater, in Los Angeles. This special screening not only allowed us to see the movie but ended with a special Q & A with the Director, Costume Designer,Writer and the Main Actors of the film. This was truly the Rolls Royce of Screenings.

The "Into the Woods" Cast Gathers At The Samuel Goldwyn Theater For An All Guild Q&A

Disney’s Into the woods is the remake of the Classic Hit Broadway show that was made famous in the late 1980’s . I remember as a child watching this play, soaking it in and loving every aspect of it. This play which was made famous not only by the fantastic soundtrack and incredible story line, but by the characters whom you can’t help but love.The remake is nothing short of incredible.  It has a cast that leaves you absolutely breathless just by naming it. Staring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Anna Kendrick, James Corden,  and Chris Pine to name a few and even has a cameo by none other than Johnny Depp!

This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), who wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.  This all leads to a storyline that is so complex, yet flows so smoothly together you will leave feeling so satisfied and enamored by each and every character.

Now for the talent! When remaking a beloved story such as “Into the Woods”, one has to be so careful in not taking away from the original masterpiece that was brought together to make a hit. This is when Director Rob Marshall’s talent came to show. He was able to combine an incredible force of talent, some obvious and  some that surprised everyone with their amazing acting and singing skills.

To pick your favorite characters in the Movie is to pick your favorite child, But If I had to say the ones I felt most heart for were definitely the Baker & His wife played by James Corden & Emily Blunt. Their characters were not only characters you felt a sense of compassion and love for because of their situation but you felt their desperation and need to do anything to get that child they truly wanted.  You could feel that sense of emotion that was so raw in their roles yet they managed to mix it in with a comedic sweet side that didn’t send you into the depths of despair.

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I can’t say enough about the vocals on Anna Kendrick who plays an modern day Cinderella. One that doesn’t necessarily follow the status quo set by her predecessors. This role plays into  a strong character who although can’t make up her mind when it comes to the prince,is able to make a concise one that show her inner strength. I have to admit that Anna Kendrick was not my obvious choice for this role, I had only seen her in a few movies that didn’t really capture the extent of her talent. However, she was able to give an unconventional  beauty to Cinderella not only through her body language but through the passion and sentiment in her voice that made you realize Anna Kendrick was born to play this role.

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A big surprise for me were the two child actors in this film Lilla Crawford who plays Red Ridding hood and  Daniel Huttlestone who plays Jack (from Jack and the Bean Stalk). A review of this movie couldn’t be done without mentioning the powerful vocals on these two and the amazing presences on screen they had. I was truly BLOWN AWAY!  These two added so much to this movie with their presence let alone vocals you were left wanting so much more from them. I can’t wait to see what these two have in store for the future because honestly if they showed at least one ounce of the talent they displayed in this movie in future roles I can only imagine he sky is the limit for these two!

 

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I can’t complete this review without  giving an amazing round of applause to Meryl Streep. There is a reason she is a legend and she proved it again in this role. How can a woman as gorgeous as her play a witch you truly hate but then end up sympathizing with so deeply!  She is able to capture so much complexity in this role, not just that of a Witch. She is able to take this role so far and transform so seamlessly that you realize there’s a masterpiece being made on screen before your very eyes. IntoTheWoods53f63ef054dde

This movie is a Cinematographic Masterpiece for the senses. There isn’t one scene that couldn’t be captured and framed as art. The lighting, the costumes, the charachters are so much and more! For an adult this movie plays to the senses through an amazing story line that can only be recreated with the amazing choice in cast. For children this will awaken an imagination that only children know how to take to the furthest limits of the brain’s scope.

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Filled with Characters you will  love or love to hate “Into the Woods” will take you so deeply Into the Story you will be left in awe when the credits role.IntoTheWoods54514fa7ef76b

The lessons to be found in this film are as extensive as the talent that portrays them. Each character does an amazing job at capturing their role so perfectly. There is so much to be learned by any who see this movie. Life lessons are abundant in this film, from fighting the Giants in our lives, to being careful what you wish for. Rob Marshall, Steven Sodenheim and James Lapine are truly a force to be reckoned with. This trio of talent is something you only imagine in books and seeing the power of their creativity come together on the big screen is something so magical and amazing it will be talked about for years to come.

So I leave you with the trailer of this Movie, A trailer I don’t tire of watching and reminisign of the beautiful magic of Into the Woods!

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 INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post is part of my press trip to LA, CA with expenses provided by Disney. All Opinions are 100% mine.

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37 Comments

  • Reply Regina Elliott

    I really enjoyed this movie and the music !

    March 25, 2016 at 4:13 am
  • Reply Michelle Ferrari-Johnson

    My daughter and I really can not wait to see this movie! At 8 years old she prefers the non kid versions of the stories. She states that the kid movies are ok when you are younger, but the story means more when it has live people~

    February 19, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Dorothy Boucher

    I thought this was going to be a really good movie, but to be honest I got a headache. way to many characters to keep up with and my grandchildren all got bored lool

    June 1, 2015 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Jerry Marquardt

    This sounds like a very great movie to see, indeed. I just cannot wait to go and see it.

    May 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply AC

    THis looks like a good movie. Beautiful costumes!

    May 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Charlene

    I saw this and enjoyed it very much. I thought it was very well done. Everyone fit their parts.

    April 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’ve been thinking about seeing this! I liked Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect.

    December 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Dandi D

    I am really looking forward to watching this with my family.

    December 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Donna Brown

    I really want to go see this movie soon! I love so many of these actresses.

    December 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply MonaG

    I’m sure my daughter and I would love this movie. Whether hubby would like it is iffy b/c he’s not into the whole theater thing and songs in movies. But, then again, he did enjoy other movies I thought he wouldn’t such as Maleficient and Frozen.

    I LOVE Meryl Streep and will watch anything she stars in.

    December 27, 2014 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Sue M.

    This looks like a fantastic movie!

    December 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Theresa Hover

    We can’t wait to see this! We’re taking my in-laws as a Christmas gift 🙂

    December 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I can’t wait to see it!

    December 23, 2014 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    I am so excited to see this movie–it looks so fun!

    December 23, 2014 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Lori Berson

    Can’t wait to see this movie but I’ll have to wait for it on DVD. After 2 back surgeries I have a hard time sitting for the length of a show a theaters.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Raul Ochoa

    I’m so excited for this movie!

    December 23, 2014 at 5:17 am
  • Reply CD

    Ooo this sounds like a really interesting movie. I like when classic characters and utilized in a new movie.

    December 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Ashley F

    I definitely want to see this! My husband is so not into Broadway theater, so I may have to go with a friend. What an amazing cast!

    December 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Karen W

    Ever since I saw the first trailer for this movie I thought it would be one I would want to see. Now that I read your review, I KNOW I want to see it. Hoping it will be okay for the children as well.

    December 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      It is a fantastic movie and definitely for older kids. I think there are some materials like the witch and the giants that might be a bit much for younger little ones that might scare a bit more(hence the PG warning) but everyone knows their kids best and what might scare one kid might not affect another. Either way this movie is definitely a must watch! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

      December 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    I was pretty sure I didn’t want to see this. Until I read your review. You really made me want to see it. I love Disney, and love the stories I grew up on. I didn’t want for this story to in validate older stories. Thanks for doing this review. I am now excited to see it.

    December 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      Thank you! 🙂

      December 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’m thinking I’d like to see this!

    December 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      You will enjoy it!

      December 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    Holey, moley batman. A movie I’ll see on Friday!!! (busy on the 25th)

    December 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply M.Clark

    I am really looking forward to seeing Into the Woods. Thank you for sharing this post, it was packed full of information.

    December 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      December 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Rebekah Banner

    I have been looking forward to seeing this, but after reading this post I am even more excited!!

    December 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    I can’t wait to see this. It sounds like we could all learn alot from this. Thank you for sharing

    December 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Jutta P.

    This movie looks like so much fun! I can tell that I would definitely enjoy it!

    December 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Dawn Keenan

    We have been looking forward to this for so long! My son was in the play, and is a budding actor. Can’t wait to see it!

    December 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      He will love it!! The cinematography is breathtaking (if I didn’t say that enough before.lol)

      December 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Shanna R

    Yay!! I was in this play in grade school years ago, can’t wait to see the movie!

    December 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Sara L.

    I can not wait to see this movie!

    December 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply lisa

    This movie sounds pretty good. I wouldn’t mind seeing it myself.

    December 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Ruth V .

    I cannot wait to see this movie! It looks absolutely amazing and the talent is incredible!

    December 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      They really did an amazing job picking the talent for this movie.

      December 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

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