It’s no secret- I am a huge musical theatre fan. Seems like I was born to love music and the stage (that’s a story for another time). My family has always enjoyed performing and watching this form of entertainment. So I was VERY excited to see how Disney’s “Into the Woods“ was going to turn out on the big screen. And my sister and her oldest girls were even more excited to get the sneak peak with me.
I had never seen the original Sondheim production- which I am kind of glad for. I was able to take in all the magic for the first time. And Disney did not disappoint! Every costume, note and actor choice was spot on! Meryl Streep played the witch to a “t” (and honestly I am not usually a fan of her). What a range on Anna Kendrick (LOVE her). But I think the one who stole the show for me is “Jack” played by Daniel Huttlestone (also played Gavroche in ’12 screen production of Les Mis). What an amazing talent!
I really loved every minute of this creative interweaving of 4 classic Grimm Fairy Tales. My nieces tell me that the movie was also very true to the original stage production and I love that. Keeping the integrity of the original while translating it to a movie screen is an impressive task- especially when you are talking about a musical (and yes it’s more signing that speaking). I just can’t say enough about this film. With opening day on Christmas- it’s a perfectly entertaining gift!
I had a friend ask me if she thought it would be ok for her older elementary aged girls. I really appreciate that they kept this film rated PG- and I feel it is true to this rating. I would not take a 7 yr old to see it, but I think 9+ would be appropriate (especially if you have a music loving, fairy tale fan). The witch can be a bit creepy- but not too over the top. And the Jonny Depp Wolf scenes were also handled in an appropriately sinister way. If you want another recomendation on age, wait for the Dove.org review to come out (usually around opening day). It’s my personal go to source for evaluating movies for my kiddos.
Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Plus, if you do go to see this in theatre, be sure to keep those ticket stubs! You can get up to 200 Disney Movie Rewards points! A total of up to four ticket stubs per Disney Movie Rewards Member account for 50 points each.
Why do I post about Disney, Marvel and DreamWorks Movies? Because they are fun! I receive all kinds of great info to share with you about the newest films. In return, I often get to see a pre-screen of these movies. Then I can tell you if you should spend your money on a ticket… or wait for DVD!