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Into the Woods: Disney’s modern twist on the classics

Abbi Parker, Photo Editor

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Disney’s latest musical “Into the Woods” hit theaters last month and is a roller coaster ride of fun and action-packed intensity for all ages.

The musical was overflowing with cinematic elements and realistic visuals. Along with the physical aspect of the movie, the storyline’s tone fluctuated throughout it.

People who watch this movie will experience a range of emotion while watching it, from touching to exciting, and from humorous to creepy, there was never a dull moment. The whole cast did a fantastic job of keeping you on the edge of your seat.

The writers made this musical unique by incorporating a range of different classic fairytales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and the Baker and His Wife. With the connecting storylines of each of these classics, they created a more modern, harmonious version of these timeless stories.

The movie was also stacked with a variety of a-list actors. Meryl Streep was actually nominated for best actress in a supporting role at the 2015 Academy Awards for her portrayal of the witch. Streep has already displayed her vocal skills in previous musicals, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the other actors who played in this film had amazing singing voices. The songs in the film were skillfully written, and beautifully vocalized by the actors.

Each set of actors portrayed each different fairytale with all of them spontaneously connecting and creating an original main storyline towards the end of the movie. It starts off very basic and happy-go-lucky, like most fairytales.

Each character has obstacles they have to face in order to achieve their ultimate goal. While their journeys begin and develop with conflict and humor, the ending seemed grim to some critics. “A disclaimer: Despite a dizzying and delightful first half, the film ultimately devolves into a very grim fairy tale,” says Mara Reinstein of Us Weekly. I can see why she felt that the story had developed into something kind of grim, but I think that it just added to the emotional depth of something that is usually so simple.

As a whole, the movie caters to all ages. The story is simple enough for young children to understand, yet it has enough depth to it to keep adults and teenagers entertained. The incorporation of various fairytales makes it an interesting twist on classic Disney movies. It is a redifing Disney musical not only because of the variety of elements, but also because it isn’t animation yet it still produces the magical effect of watching a fairytale on screen.


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