'Into the Woods' [Blu ray]
(Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, et al / Blu ray / PG / 2015 / Walt Disney Studios)
Overview: Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture 'INTO THE WOODS.' Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch's (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!
Blu ray Verdict: OK, well, where do I start?! By now you've all either heard the horrible film review rumblings on TV or online, or you've even undertaken a journey to the cinema to watch it for yourself this past Holiday period (and good for you in doing that re: the cinematic trip), so you most likely know where this review is sadly headed.
Anyway, I've read that the original play was darker and strange (as most are), but Disney has always been known for changing things to be their own unique interpretations of old stories to have better moral lessons and happy endings that are almost always meant for young audiences; so I expected the same for this one. It was totally the opposite. All I managed to get out of it was "woods are creepy" and "do whatever you want as it will all be okay in the end".
I'm a huge Disney fan and love musicals, but there were so many bad things in this movie. The creepily graphic wolf song about eating the little girl particularly made me very uncomfortable. Then there's also the stepmother cutting off part of her daughters' feet to fit the slipper; the lighthearted references to it maybe/sort of being "okay" to cheat on your spouse, and much, MUCH more. It was incredibly disappointing and disturbing, and not a kids movie at all!
And on a side note - I thought it was really boring! I couldn't wait for it to be over not long after it started (and that's coming from a super Disney/musical fan). That said, the scenery and costumes were neat, and I thought the cast did a good job, but there were tons of plot holes and pointless moments throughout. There was a lot of potential for Disney to make it good, but they fell way short.
Overall, I have to say that maybe Disney should take their own advice on this one as given in one of the last songs of the film - "Careful the things you say, children will listen". I've always loved Disney, and while there have been things in the past that they have done that I didn't personally agree with or like, I felt like I could pretty much trust them to not produce such relatively pointless, morally questionable stories. But this one makes me question that now.
In closing, and as you can guess, I'm really disappointed with Disney's decision to produce this movie and make it seem like another child's fairytale. I've lost some respect for them and I don't feel that they are completely "safe and family-friendly" anymore. Sorry, but that's just how I feel. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
The Magic Of The Woods - Explore The Cinematic Wizardry That Brings The Story To Life On-Screen