Into The Woods is a film about a witch who tasks a childless baker and his wife with finding magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
Right off the bat, I would like to say I’m someone who grew up watching and loving Disney. They have always told stories that have found their ways into our hearts with song and beautifully designed visuals. When someone were to mention “Disney,” we would think of songs like “Let It Go” (as overplayed and cringe worthy as it is to some) from Frozen; “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” fromMulan; or even the opening to the Lion King.
With new addition of Into The Woods to the Disney repertoire I don’t think it will ever have the lasting affect. Even when it’s a film with an “all star cast” (whatever that means), where a decent majority of them can actually sing but some with an ear shattering quality.
Into The Woods is almost like an opposite of what a Disney movie should be. What I’m trying to say is that the songs and characters were weak. Hardly any of the characters gave a genuine performance. There were so many fairy tales in this film that maybe it clouded the story a bit too much with the audience’s preconception of it’s characters.
If you’re going to do a re-telling of a well known story, or even a compilation like in this film, you have to do it well. And in this case, Into The Woods failed to do that.
I did enjoy the film. The first half, at least. I went into the film knowing little about it. At school, some of the musical theatre students performed the musical, but I was too young at the time to really have the interest in musical theatre I did when I reached their age. What I did understand, though, was that it was an interesting weave of a multitude of fairytales that is then turned upon it’s head in the second act.
During certain parts of the film, I wondered if there were meant to be inconsistencies with accents – by that I mean, were the cast told just to have their own natural accents, whether it be British or American, without bothering to even consider confusing the locale of the story? At least make it accent neutral. One or the other.
I do have to admire, though, Chris Pine’s attempts at what seemed to be a British accent and his performance was one of the few highlights of the film.