With musical Into the Woods, Disney fails to hit the high notes

Sage Sutton

Fairytales are one of my favorite things in the entire world. When I heard about Into the Woods, I was more than excited to see it. Into the Woods begins when the baker, played by James Corden, and his wife, played by Emily Blunt, receive a visit from the witch, played by Meryl Streep. She informs them that she put a curse on their house and to break it, they must go into the woods and find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold.

The baker and his wife find themselves traveling through the woods along with Little Red Riding Hood, who is on her way to her grandmother’s, Cinderella, who is running away from her prince, and Jack, who is going to sell his cow. They even find Rapunzel up in her tower. After they all get their wishes, the story continues..

The costume design for this movie was on point, especially the witch with her blue streaked hair and long wrinkled fingers. Cinderella, played by Anna Kendrick, had a beautiful dress — gold, glittery and gorgeous. Little Red Riding Hood, played by Lilla Crawford, had a cape that was the perfect shade of red to match her character.

Having not seen the play, I didn’t know what to expect from the movie version. Even though most of the actors had not sung before, they still surprised me with the quality of the songs. The baker’s wife was one of my favorite characters, and I think Emily Blunt did such a great job portraying her and her qualities such as stubbornness. My favorite part was when Cinderella’s prince, played by Chris Pine, and Rapunzel’s prince, played by Billy Magnussen, sing their song “Agony” together. It brought a sense of comedic relief that the movie desperately needed.

The theme of the movie was that there isn’t always a happy ending to every story. Most people thought the movie would’ve ended when Cinderella marries her prince, but it kept going. It intrigued me at first, but quickly spiraled into randomness. I didn’t expect this movie to be as dark as it was, even though they omitted some darker scenes from the actual play. With the exception of Streep’s dynamic performance, Into the Woods was an average movie. It really depends on your preference in movies. If you prefer happy endings, this might not satisfy you. If you prefer more of an alternative story, with darker twists, then you should definitely see Into the Woods.