Tonight I saw “Into the Woods”. It was delightful, encompassing some of my favourite things – namely musicals, fairy tales, and Anna Kendrick. As someone who knew nothing about the story going into the movie, I quite enjoyed it. I am a little concerned about the fact that the Baker was never reunited with his long-lost sister, but I assume that was intentional. Some shining moments in my opinion include:
- Every time Cinderella ran away from the Prince
- The Narrator’s happy and casual “… and blinded them!” when talking about the stepsisters
- How much Jack loved his cow
- The fact that Red Riding Hood ended up with a wolfskin cloak
But most of all…
- The two princes performing “Agony”… SERIOUSLY??? This was a highlight of the film for me as well as just utterly ridiculous.
And on that note, on to the point of my post: Is anyone else really concerned about the future of this kingdom? Because I really, really, really am, for multiple reasons:
1) The place has just been decimated by a giant.
I’m not sure how they will recover from all the damage she did. It seems everything was destroyed and many people killed. Maybe with good leadership they can recover…
2) Oh wait! The princes are idiots.
Again, I return to that performance with the two of them. I really believe it says it all. Also, I don’t think either of them married for the good of their kingdom – I mean, one found a random girl in a tower in the middle of the woods, and the other chose just a regular town girl, who he then betrayed. I mean, I like Cinderella and Rapunzel as much as anyone, but maybe they should have found women that were trained to rule? I mean, I guess this might be my “Game of Thrones” mind talking, but I still think they should have had their kingdom at heart.
3) But wait, they weren’t raised to be sincere, they were raised to charm.
Ah, this all makes sense now. They probably weren’t raised to rule either. They weren’t raised to put their kingdom first or to be honourable. Who on earth were their parents? Those people need a serious talking to!
Long story short, I really hope that place can recover – it seemed quite lovely and magical. Perhaps the Princes have a father who is very good at his job and will live for a very long time.