Into the Woods was not what I was expecting. To be honest, I’m not too sure what I was expecting; I think basically I was expecting fairytale retellings and a bit of music (because I had heard there was a musical element to it). However, although Into the Woods involved these two elements, the movie still took me a little by surprise and was not what I expected. From the very start there was singing – make no mistake, this is definitely a musical. Which is great because I love musicals. Although they might not be for everyone – and the singing wasn’t bad.
Most fairytale retellings focus on one fairytale, but Into the Woods involves numerous fairytales and how the character’s paths cross. It was refreshing in a way, as with a lot of fairytales there’s the happily-ever-after ending – which is okay. I like happily-ever-afters, but this isn’t always reality – but Into the Woods doesn’t allow everyone their happily-ever-after. People die *gasp*, and not everyone saw their lives heading in the direction that they do, but realise that this isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. One particular character I think realises that, what they thought they wanted didn’t actually turn out to be right for them (be careful what you wish for). People make mistakes, but making sure that you learn from them and realising what it is that you really want, was, I feel, a message that was threaded throughout the movie.
There was some superb acting: Meryl Streep was amazing as the witch. I wish that there was more of Johnny Depp as the Wolf; he shined in the relatively small part he played in the movie. There were many fine performances and it is difficult to mention them all, but I must mention Chris Pine. Pine played one of the Prince’s, and OMG, I was laughing at almost everyone of the scenes he was in. First of all I was thinking: is this just bad acting? Or is he supposed to be acting like this? I quickly realised that, yes, this is how the character is supposed to be played. The Prince thinks that he is charming, I actually thought he was incredibly annoying and the only person he truly loved was himself. But, he was ridiculously funny! The scene involving the other prince along with Pine was hilarious! It’s so different from any other role I have seen Pine play before.
It was funny, had some catchy music and even made me tear-up a little. I very much enjoyed watching it!
4 out of 5 stars.