Magic, Romance, and a Hint of Me?
It is time to delve in my past! Some of the mysteries of Vinci are about to come to light. Yes, I know, contain your massive levels of excitement. All shall be revealed.
Well, some will be revealed. I was thirteen when I signed up for our school’s first musical in a while. You guessed it. I was silently singing along with each note as I watched Into the Woods on Saturday night. I was cast as Jack back in 2009, so I already had a positive attitude going into this film, but was that enough to keep me following the pied piper, or was I stuck in the hellish gingerbread house.
SO LET’S GET THE PLOT DONE…
A musical sung by multiple fairy-tale characters, following the general story of their respective stories, while a childless baker and wife must find four items from different tales to obtain a child from the witch next-door. And then a giant attacks.
FUN FACT: Do you know that it was Emily Blunt’s and Chris Pine’s musical debut? And speaking of the happy-go-lucky songsters, and I didn’t notice anyone lagging behind, like Russell Crowe in “Les Mis” all over again. Then again, Daniel Huttlestone playing Jack (FUN FACT: also in “Les Mis”) did have a protruding cockney accent that lingered longer than the out-of-date milk that has its own ecosystem. They should have recast. Maybe a novice actor. Who has done the play before. And is from England. Getting the hint?
But despite my head bobbing up and down like the Churchill insurance dog, I had doubts on the songs themselves. When leaving, someone did say to me the songs weren’t very memorable. I mean, I had to listen to people singing this 8:40-3:45 everyday (school times), so they are engraved on my brain.
While some songs, like Agony, are memorable for the humour and “smokin’ hawt bods” of the Princes, some of them are sooo loooong. Actually, scrap that. This film is sooo loooong. I remember only doing Act One, and no one was none the wiser. The second Act doesn’t fit in with the first. It was like watching two short films put together: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang followed by 2005’s King Kong. Good and… meh.
And what happened to the nitty gritty of the actual story? The point of the original play script is to be careful what you wish for, because bad things will happen, like being sent to bed without supper or your mother falling off a cliff. The Disney-esque child-friendly atmosphere comes out fairly strongly for me who has read the original.
My best advice for you lovely people out there is to not think during this movie. Seriously. Don’t think. It’s a film that you have to be ready to enjoy. Go along with a Mamma Mia! groove.
SO I GUESS IN CONCLUSION…
A strong cast with a strong script, yet dragged like an old dog. It’s like a second-rate Disney film. I mean, it is a Disney film… forget it. On the other hand, this is a very likable film if you take it for what it is, and even then the strong voice talent and nostalgic yet twisted fairy-tale characters may surprise you.