Sure, reviewing Disney films are a little out of character for me, but I love more than just cheesy horror movies and weird science fiction, ya know? Plus, I’d consider this to be firmly planted in the fantasy genre. Or at least, it’s the magical realism/mundane fantastic that Disney has become well known for.
No matter, 2015 marks the return of the big Pixar summer movie once more. While they’ve given anthropomorphic life to bugs, toys, and even the very monsters we dream of, this time Pixar tackles something a little bit different. By that I mean, bringing life to the very metaphysical itself. More specifically, feelings. The story focuses inside of the head of an 11 year old girl named Riley, on the move from some unnamed suburbia in Minnesota to San Francisco. As a departure from what we’re used to, this film is a slice of life with just a hint of Disney fantasy to add a touch of whimsy. Plus, after a lackluster series of trailers (including an upcoming Disney project that looks like it took the safe route), this film was quite the delightful change of pace.
More after the jump! (Slight spoilers ahead)
After I saw this as a theatre production at my old college, I pondered for a while as to how it would be as a movie. Well, fast forward a couple years and Disney’s adaptation has been released. This version of the film stays pretty true to the original stage play by Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods was originally released in 1986, before becoming a sensation across numerous theatres around the world throughout the ’90s and “turn of the millennium.”
Personally, I was never a huge fan of the original play nor of most stage musicals in general. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to see this adaptation, but it’s rare I go out to see musical based films. That said a mixture of joining my family for a movie during the holidays as well as supporting local acting talent (i.e. Meryl Streep hails from my hometown) were among primary reasons. While some might argue this automatically disqualifies me from reviewing this film entirely (as many aficionados hailing from YouTube comments, various blog sites, and other sources of opinions may proclaim), I’m still a film viewer full of opinions that I’m willing to share. So, let’s take a trip Into The Woods!