‘Into the Woods’ combines fairy tales in musical film


Into the Woods, a Broadway original, intertwines classic fairy tales in a musical motion picture, starring big names such as Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp. The film will show at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Phelps Theatre.

Into the Woods, a film based on the Broadway original musical, will be the next movie to be shown on campus as part of the Missouri Southern wellness department’s ongoing MOSO Movie series. Being screened March 12 at 6:30 p.m., the musical features four fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, whose characters become intertwined in the beautiful, magical and mysterious woods.

Mr. and Mrs. Baker, two characters invented by Stephen Sondheim to tie the fairy tales together, take a trip through the woods to collect a list of random items for their neighbor witch, played by Meryl Streep, with hopes of lifting a curse of infertility.

They meet Little Red Riding Hood, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and her prince and Rapunzel in the woods. The fairy tale characters work together as they use their time in the woods to find out who they are and what is important to them, eventually teaming up to defeat the angry female giant who seeks revenge on Jack.

Each individual fairy tale stays true to its original version, not holding back on the brutal endings that come to the antagonists of each tale. Eventually, the plot twists, interweaving the fates of the different story characters, and revealing that not everyone will enjoy a happy ending.

Being a musical, the film was not short on songs, as even the dialogue was sung through many parts of the film. The music did get repetitive, with the same motif from the theme song resurfacing again and again.

Overall, the actors demonstrated musical and acting talent, though the voices did sound auto tuned at times.