A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (IMDb)
The deep, dark woods are filled with thumps; giants towering overhead interrupt the princes’ wedding announcements. The baker’s wife is missing and Riding Hood is lost. Welcome to Disney’s Into The Woods. On cue, singing peasants face everyday terrors such as cheating spouses, “helicopter” parents, and feeling alone. Above all, they battle for their wishes using deceit, manipulation and elbow grease to get what they’re after. They are all tested on how far they are willing to go.
Overall, it’s a Disney film and is family friendly. It easily pales when compared to Maleficent and even Princess and the Frog. The tracks are similar to Cinderella staring Brandy and it is more comedic than dark. Much like OUAT and Ever After, Into the Woods, brings reason behind each character’s actions. Also like OUAT, Into the Woods mixes characters having them resemble other roles. However, based off the trailer, I assumed there would be a darker twist in the plot and the motives of the characters.
I’d recommend it for those who can handle high notes in loud volumes, for those looking for character development and those interested in teaching their children morals.
I would not recommend for those who have to pay high price tickets, anyone above the age of 10 or OUAT fans. In the end, I feel the story is lacking. PS- if you’re going just to see Depp, he’s practically a cameo and it isn’t worth it.
Plot with SPOILERS:
The baker’s father started it all. Stories covered include: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding hood.
The baker and his wife are visited by the witch from next door. The witch explains that when the baker and his parents moved into the house, his mother was with child. The mother had cravings for greens (vegetables) and the baker’s father stole them all from the witch next door. The witch let him go in exchange for the sister the baker would have had.This is where the stories interlope: the baker’s father also stole the magic beans. Because of the missing beans, which were the witch’s responsibility, her mother curses her into a mangled and hunched, old body. As revenge, she steals the baby (Rapunzel) and curses the baker’s family tree to be forever barren. To undo the curse, they require a certain moon time (provided by the witch) as well as four familiar ingredients:
a cow as white as milk, hair as yellow as corn, a slipper as fine as gold and a cape as red as blood.
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