Saturday, January 24, 2015

Movie Review: ****^Into the Woods 2014

This is a movie I would very much enjoy owning to watch again from time to time.  It of course is the Stephen Sondheim musical.  (Also James Lapine who did the screenplay.) The set is dark, as the woods are dark.  Meryl Streep portrays the witch.  She is hard to recognize before she regains her youth.  This is really a good cast.  Johnny Depp has a cameo as the wolf.  The Baker is played by James Corden, his wife by Emily Blunt.  Cinderella is played by Anna Kendrick.  Jack and Red Riding Hood are Daniel Huttlestone and Lilla Crawford.  I enjoyed the music, and the acting and the story more than I thought I would.  Kids did the first act in middle school, and the second act is where things get more depressing and the Giant's wife starts killing people.  However this was even entertaining and well presented. 
I have a favorite song, 'Children Will Listen."  My only regret is the Baker was providing dialogue over the song, and the song was soft and hard to hear.  SO here are the lyrics in their entirety:

Careful the things you say,
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do,
Children will see.
And learn.

Guide them along the way,
Children will glisten.
Children will look to you
For which way to turn,
To learn what to be.

Careful before you say,
"Listen to me."
Children will listen.

Careful the wish you make,
Wishes are children.
Careful the path they take-
Wishes come true,
Not free.

Careful the spell you cast,
Not just on children.
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you...

Careful the tale you tell.
That is the spell.
Children will listen...

Chris Pine portrays one prince, who turns out to be charming but not sincere, and Cinderella leaves him.   The other prince (Billy Magnussen) ends up with Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy.)  He turns out to be both charming and sincere.
I must admit I stayed for all the credits as wanted to listen to the orchestration.  I noted not all of the actors sang their songs; but most did.
Very well done Disney.

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