Into the Woods: Off to grandma’s house for an exciting adventure on DVD

Danae Mueller, Editor

With its debut in theatres on December 25, 2014, the movie/musical, “Into the Woods,” has averaged around $171,000,000 worldwide. This thrilling and adventurous story contains a quest for “a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold.”

“Into the Woods” brings back classic children’s fairy tales with a talented new cast and a modern twist.

The musical “Into the Woods” includes lyrics by Stephen Sondheim that follows the book originally written by James Lapine.  This movie takes the esteemed Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, such as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Rapunzel,” and gives them a modern look along with a musical composition.  These fairy tales all intertwine with an original story about a childless baker and his wife who must break a curse cast by a witch in order to start a family.

Director Rob Marshall cast many well-known actors and actresses including Meryl Streep as The Witch, Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, James Corden as the nameless baker, Emily Blunt, who portrays his also nameless wife, and Broadway newcomer Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood.

Each fairy tale went through its original story with only side interactions with the other fairytale characters.  Many of the characters go through changes in their lives and personalities with them realizing what they want and what they thought they wanted.

“Into the Woods” gives children another version of the stories they know and love with memorable songs, such as the prologue to the film, “Into the Woods,” followed by “Agony,” and “On the Steps of the Palace.”

Each actor embraced their given character while putting their hearts into each song.  However, some people may say that the film contained too much singing, even for a musical. Even though a song was sung almost every 10-15 minutes, the voices sang clear and strong with the special effects enhancing the performances.

Also, certain viewers feel that some actors didn’t receive an appropriate amount screen time, such as Johnny Depp, the Big Bad Wolf. Along with that, the elaborate costumes added to the quality of the movie, although some could say that they were a little distracting from the rest of the scene.

Despite these thoughts, the ending pulled everything together by bringing the main individual of each tale together to fight a shared foe and although the visuals helped the story continue, some people feel that the story ended a little abruptly. However, the ending also gives viewers a feeling that the story will last forever with an ongoing loop.

This ongoing loop will continue on March 24, the DVD release date.

Yes, the woods hold a lot of secrets, and sometimes, even a helpless maiden with extremely long hair stuck in a tower with no doors. However, even though people  wish for such a tale to exist, Red Riding Hood continues to sing “the woods are just trees; the trees are just wood.”