Into the woods, based on a Stephen Sondheim musical, is down for a January 9th 2015 release here in Ireland but based on the first trailer should we be excited? From the initial trailer the movie looks like it could be a welcome addition to the musical blockbusters that we have come to expect from Rob Marshall. Staring a variable host of box office draws and Hollywood a listers including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Anna Kendrick the story revolves around the idea that many of your favorite childhood tales like “Little Red Riding Hood”, ” Jack and The Beanstalk” and ” Cinderella” are all based in a shared universe.
Although we’ve not really seen a good amount of the film but judging on the trailer it does look like it will have broad market appeal like Marshall’s earlier award winning movie Chicago. There are a few worries with the presence of Johnny Depp as many of his choices haven’t been the greatest recently but the fact that this movie is an ensemble piece does keep those fears grounded a little.
Into The Woods Story
Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed childless by a Witch, they must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy musical eventually becomes a meaningful tale about responsibility, the problems that come from wishes, and the legacy that we leave our children.