Into The Woods Review: A dark twist to fairytales


This was one of the films that I was very excited to catch.  Into The Woods is a musical that was adapted and made into a movie.  It tells the tale of a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who wishes to have a child.  A witch (Meryl Streep) visits them, giving them an opportunity to change their cursed barren lives by tasking them to find four items for her from the woods.  In this journey,  they meet four other characters who will help them in their quest – Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Little Red (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick).

Now, the ending of Into The Woods could be baffling for some and I can understand why.  Like fairy tales, we are led to think that the movie would have a happy ending.  But, no.  The ending resulted in several deaths, mishaps and a break-up.  I don’t want to give spoilers away for those who haven’t caught the film, so I’ll try to leave out the details.

“Oh crap. Here comes those critics.” Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

My theory for the some what strange ending is this: “Every wish comes with a price.”  As you’ll see at the start of the movie, the characters break out in a huge musical number called ‘I wish’ – in which, most of them are wishing for a particular thing that they want (A child, going to the festival, bread, cow that produces milk).  Even the witch, who longed to be beautiful again.  In turn, their wishes all come true, resulting in their happy ending for a while before each of them had to pay the price.  The only reason why Rapunzel wasn’t involved was because her story was not made out of a wish.  Granted, she did wish to get out of her tower but when she did, she already paid the price (losing her long golden locks, getting banished and thinking her love had died).  Her happy ending was that of true love, which made her and her prince the only characters to leave the woods happily.

Although the film didn’t quite give endings the way we expected it to, it is still a pretty good film.  I’d recommend it to anyone who just wants to be swept away to a magical land for 2 hours.




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