Into The Woods

A week back I went and saw the movie, Into The Woods.  Upon seeing the previews I was very excited.  The movie contained great actors that I enjoy plus it was a musical, what a perfect combo!  Now, I have not seen the play or read it so this is a simple review of the film and what I experienced as the story unfolded. **POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Into The Woods was written by Stephen Sondhem and James Lapine.  The story focuses on several fairy tales characters: Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Bakery and his Wife, Jack and the Beanstalk, and a witch.  Each character has a “wish” and each character has an item that all are related in some way or another.  So obviously the characters cross paths and interact heavily.

The movie as a whole was interesting and I can not quite decide if I actually enjoyed it or not.  Due to the fact that it was originally a broadway musical the movie was quite long, not Les Miserables long but I was wondering when it was going to end.  Going in I knew that Disney had produced the film and was excited to see that magical charm however, the movie was lacking in that “ah” Disney experience.  As the singing began, I myself felt it to be a little flat in response to it.  I understand the musical singing style that it would not be like Hair Spray but I wondered why does this singing sound familiar.  Then it dawned on me, Stephen Sondhem did the music for Sweeney Todd!  No wonder it sounded similar.  There were honestly only two songs that I enjoyed and unsurprisingly it was Meryl Streep’s and Johnny Depp’s.  I will say that I do enjoy Anna Kendrick, thanks to Pitch Perfect, but her singing in Into The Woods was very well done, that girl has talent.

More importantly, let me explain as to why I am blogging about this film when I haven’t read the play.  As the film continued and I thought it was coming to an end, but it wasn’t, the film took an interesting turn.  Instead of a generic happily ever after,” each main character lost something of value to them.  Whether it be death, rejection of love, or a physical item lost I found this concept very interesting.  From a literary standpoint the woods symbolize many things.  From my interpretation, the woods, at the beginning, represented opportunity, obstacles to face, character “equality,” but also unknown outcome, and temptation.

Woods gave possibility to every “wish” that was produced and allowed that “happily ever after.”  However, the Woods were both negative and positive because with the completion of that “happily ever after” something was removed that corrupted it.  This moment hit me when Chris Pine’s character, Prince Charming, hit on the baker’s wife and the wife responded positively to his forward actions.  Literally my jaw dropped and I was like WHAT THE…IT ALL MAKES SENSE!

So what I can say for now is that I loved the deeper literary symbolism however for the movie in general Meryl Streep nailed it, like I knew she would, but left a little bored with the film overall.

But don’t let me steer you in not watching it, go check it out for yourself!

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Game of Thrones: tv

I have just started watching the highly loved show, Game of Thrones. And believe me there is a reason this show is as good as it has become.

First the show is based off amazing novels that are literary wonders just like that of Tolkien. Second the show is gruesome, raw, ravishing, and unbelievably well done. If you have not already jumped on board then you should. Now there is always argument as to why so many die within the series but there are always reasons for everything. With plot twists, battles, and strong female leads the show is metaphorically beautiful. Love this show and will definitely be reading the books.


Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

If you have not already noticed today was the premiere of the official Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.  Set to makes its debut on the big screen Valentine’s Day of 2015; the trailer does indeed pack a punch.

I felt that it was shown pretty well except like every trailer you feel like you see the movie, however there is so much to be expected with this film.  I am, however, worried that it will be difficult for this movie to really make the impact that it needs due to the actual content of  the book and what it centers around.  With that said I am hoping and possibly feel that it will be done tastefully.  Like every book that becomes a film, the book will most likely be better, I mean your own imagination creates the best image alone.

The movie settings and location depiction, from what was scene, looks to really hit home with those of the book and that I think that is important.  As for Grey and Steele casting, I don’t know if they will do the roles justice.  OBVIOUSLY! Grey is not real and honestly there is no REAL man who can be him.  I am hoping that body language and expression will compensate.

I believe, this might be my first kind of negative post HAHA but that is not my intention.  I am VERY much looking for ward to the film and will definitely be going to see it, I mean COME ONE, you HAVE to, ESPECIALLY if you read the books.

I am OBSESSED with the song that covers the trailer and I CAN’T wait to hear the movie’s soundtrack if Beyoncé has something to do with it.  The song was perfectly fitting.

Check the trailer and see for yourself:

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Based on the novel…

Here, nicely placed under Film Adaptions I will compare the many book based films.  Be prepared! I hope I am not too harsh with these.  Let’s face it when you fall in love with a novel and they throw it on the big screen your heart does hope for wonderful magic but is quickly broken because you: “would have made the film better,” “not left that part out,”  “well that wasn’t in the book,” or “that was nothing like the book at all!”  For the most part you thought all of the above.  But let’s not refuse to discuss Film Adaptions.