Thursday, 13 December 2018

Dark musical takes you into the woods

FAIRYTALES come to life this week with the release of Disney’s latest film, Into The Woods.

FAIRYTALES come to life this week with the release of Disney’s latest film, Into The Woods.

The film is a re-telling of the Stephen Sondheim stage show popular in the Eighties.

It features many of the characters you would expect to find in a Disney fairytale, a dashing prince, a wicked old witch and a damsel in distress — but not all is as it seems.

The baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) discover the reason for their childlessness lies with the old crone who lives next door.

To lift the curse she has placed upon the family for a sin committed long ago, the couple must venture into the woods to find a cape, a slipper, a lock of golden hair and a white cow.

The woods provide the means through which several classic brothers Grimm tales are woven together. Characters from Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk,Cinderella and Rapunzel and their stories wander from the path and collide with each other.

The film remains faithful to Sondheim’s original dark production and includes much of the original score and musical numbers.

It is a given that Meryl Streep will make a convincing, fragile witch, for when has she ever performed badly?

While Chris Pine and Emily Blunt have been congratulated for their previously unrecognised singing talents.

Johnny Depp makes an extended cameo appearance as the Wolf — a predictably wacky character, requiring Depp to mess around in the make-up box again.

It’s a Disney fairytale but not as you would know it. The film is rated as a PG but many smaller children expecting a classic Disney tale may end up with something a little darker than what they bargained for.

• Some of the scenes from the film were shot in Hambleden where the butcher’s shop doubled up as the baker’s premises. Chris Pine’s prince charming was also captured riding a horse through the village centre.

• This week’s Discover Tuesdays film sees the spotlight fall on Violette (15). The film features a French ensemble cast to tell the story of Violette Leduc, a writer, and her intense relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. Martin Provost’s Violette is a biopic of the author whose past experiences and humble beginnings as a bastard child framed her whole life.

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