This past Christmas holiday a musical movie came out and has captured many hearts along with raving reviews. Into The Woods stars many talented actors and actresses from Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine to Johnny Depp. The storyline is about the classical fairy tales we all have read as children and are woven into together with beautiful musical numbers nonstop. The audience is introduced to the musical with James Corden as a voice over staing, “Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, there lay a small village at the edge of the woods.” Then movie starts off the popular prologue “Into The Woods” with Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk) and a couple others. With each small introduction in the prologue, the characters have specific tones and setting of their stories so the audience is aware of who they are.
Even though these beloved stories can stand on their own, but when it comes combining them together, it takes great skills and creativity to make sure they not blend well together, yet also respecting and staying true to their storylines. Into The Woods is a musical that has been around since the mid-1980s on stage which starred Bernadette Peters as the Witch and Joanna Gleason as the Baker’s wife. Both actresses talents really brought the musical to life and they received rave reviews making their careers and the musical blossom. Due to the beautiful storyline written by James Lapin and the magical numbers by Stephen Sondheim, the Walt Disney Studios decided to bring the musical to the big screen. They knew Rob Marshall would be a perfect fit to be the director and after his great achievements with Chicago.