The idea of Into the Woods is an interesting one. It brings together many fairy tales under one roof and use the musical format to tell the tale. Based on the Tony Award winning play Into the Woods brings together a big cast to play many of the characters that Disney has brought to life. After Chicago, Rob Marshall movie career hasn’t really gone anywhere special. To me it seems that Chicago may have been a fluck with the filmmaker. To me he may be able to reclaim his former glory but it seems he may have another Nine on his hands.
Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood“, “Jack and the Beanstalk“, “Rapunzel“, and “Cinderella“, as well as several others. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed childless by a Witch, they must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family. The film is tied together to the original story of the baker and his wife, their interaction with the Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy musical eventually becomes a meaningful tale about responsibility, the problems that come from wishes, and the legacy that we leave our children.
Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and James Corden. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
This week has been a very busy week, for me and the movie business. While I have something like finals the major movie studios are releasing trailers for all their upcoming blockbusters of 2013. While some movies this year didn’t live up to expectations I have a feeling that next year will be an amazing year for event pictures such as The Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, and the Lone Ranger, all of which I will be covering in this post.
Man of Steel
So far my opinion of Man of Steel have been growing with every new promotion material hits. The most recent poster was great, it showed Superman as the man he really is, instead of breaking out of the hand cuffs and flying away he remains in the restraints. This shows just how his character would actually react in the situation. With the beautiful cinematography and visuals so far I am glad that they choose Zack Synder for the role of director. He has always been a good director visually but this movie looks like a serious departure for him and more into the realm of Nolan’s Batman movies. What I like most about the trailer is it shows the troubles that Clark Kent faces with such abilities, something that has seriously been lacking in the movies. Other little things also make it seem realistic, like when he first flies the ground reacts to him taking off, something that would happen with his incredible strength, and the way he fly, like breaking the sound barrier another thing that would happen when he flies at such high speeds. So far this movie is at the top of my list for most anticipated for 2013 and I’m sure not much else will beat it.
Now if anything next year will be a wild card it is definitely going to be Pacific Rim. I don’t know how the general public is going to react to a movie of this caliber. It has the potential to be a fun filled action movie, something the Transformers movies and the most recent Godzilla are not. I have faith in Guillermo del Toro with this movie he has way of creating fantasy movies that are simply awesome and so far this looks like it is going to roughly the same. The plot about giant robots taking on giant monsters is something I have wanted to see on the big screen for a while, since the original Godzilla is my favorite foreign film of all time, but I always feared that it would suck quality wise. With great talent both on the screen and behind it I am eagerly awaiting how this film will turn out.
The Lone Ranger
Right now, nothing has me quite disappointed as The Lone Ranger does. There is a lot at stake here, Disney trying to find another property like Pirates of the Caribbean that they can make as successful. So far two tries have failed, Prince of Persia and John Carter, and The Lone Ranger I feel is going to fall under that category. The trailer I feels focuses a little to much on the character of the Lone Ranger to much instead of the plot. It is good to see him more of the focus here than Tonto but it was a little to much, like if the company didn’t know quite how to market it so they are trying to give away the entire back story of the character in the trailer. To me it has potential that could make this movie great but I have yet to see anything that really has sparked my interest.