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“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…”

  • What is this movie about?into_the_woods_ver17

A baker and his wife start a quest under a witch’s request to obtain certain items belonging to characters from different fairy tales in order to break a curse they are under. Based on the musical from Broadway.

  • Why should you watch it?

Truth to be told, I had never heard of this musical until the trailers of the movies and promotional pictures were coming out.. but as I like to watch musicals I didn’t hesitate to check this one out. And it really wasn’t disappointing, although it was completely new for me.

In the movie you can clearly see a split in the story. For me, the first part was better than the second one, as most of the action takes place there, that is when the baker and his wife are looking for the items they need to give to the Witch in order to break the curse. Most hilarious part was Cinderella scaping from Prince Charming (not once but three times!!).

All actors and actresses do a good job as the fairy tales characters. Who knew that Chris Pine could sing that good? Some songs even though hearing them for the first time were quite catchy ” I wish.. I wish..”. To sump it up, if you like musicals you will like it, it not, don’t bother but remember, Meryl Streep playing the Witch is something wicked that should be watched!!

And remember: be careful what you wish for.

  • Did you know?

– The play is based on many fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and many more.

– Rob Marshall decided not to film in 3D on his relatively modest budget of roughly $50 million.

– Several of the songs cut from the film are used as underscoring, including “No More” and “Ever After”.

– This is Rob Marshall’s third directorial musical film. His other directorial musical features being Chicago (2002) & Nine (2009).

– Overall, the screen adaptation by James Lapine is fairly close to his original stage musical. The only large change is the replacement of the Narrator using the Baker’s voiceover for the narration. Another noticeable change is the cut of the Mysterious Man. The role played by Meryl Streep is a combination of both the Witch role and the Mysterious Man, but ultimately the witch.

– According to Anna Kendrick, the set pieces used for the woods were so big and realistic that she and Chris Pine actually got lost while on the sound stage and had to be rescued by a production assistant.

– Because director Rob Marshall prefers to use CGI or green screens as little as possible,Chris Pine had to stand in the background completely still and silent for two entire days of filming during Anna Kendrick‘s performance of ‘On the Steps of the Palace’.

– Filmed in approximately 4 months; September to December 2013.

– In the movie, Cinderella has golden slippers; this is a reference to the original Grimm fairytale, in which the slippers are gold.

– Due to the original musical’s adult themes and dark content, Disney had to have several scenes omitted or revised, which resulted in a re-written subplot involving Rapunzel as well as several deaths being implied by being moved off-screen.

  • Awards so far

– Golden Globes (USA) 2015

Golden Globe
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Meryl Streep

– BAFTA Awards (UK) 2015

BAFTA Film Award
Best Make Up/Hair
Peter King
J. Roy Helland
Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood