What do you wish for this Christmas? If it’s the long-awaited fantasy movie adaptation of your favorite musical, then you’re in luck.
“Into The Woods,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that spawned numerous productions in the last 28 years, is now coming to theaters near you on Christmas Day.
This Walt Disney Pictures offering is helmed by Rob Marshall and features an all-star cast that will make any movie buff’s toes curl: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman, among many others.
The movie centers on a childless couple, the Baker and the Baker’s Wife, played by James Corden and Emily Blunt, respectively, then makes side trips into the wish-full adventures of several characters plucked straight out from a number of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, notably, Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Jack of the Beanstalk fame (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and even the giant’s wife (Frances de la Tour).
It’s a fantasy crossover film with every single character dead set on fulfilling their own set of wishes, even the Witch played by multi-Oscar winner, Meryl Streep, and the Big Bad Wolf essayed by Johnny Depp in what looks like hours and hours worth of hair and makeup (and incidentally, why are we not surprised he’s been cast in this role?).
With a Tony Award-winning screenplay by James Lapine and renowned composer Stephen Sondheim providing the score, this humorously impudent film puts a whole new spin on infidelity, infertility, a wolf harboring strong sexual urges for a girl in a red cloak, and there’s even a new song, “Rainbows,” specially written for Meryl Streep’s character. Talk about star power.
The movie is an irreverent take on classic storybook characters and revolves around their seeming selfishness and preoccupation with wish fulfillment, whatever the cost may be. However, it also speaks resoundingly about responsibility and facing the consequences of rash actions, themes we so very rarely see in mainstream films these days.
If that’s not good enough to make your Christmas wishes come true when the movie hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2014, check out the trailer below for a view of your prospects:
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