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08 November 2014 @ 11:33 pm
Into the Woods  
The Disney adaptation for the Sondheim musical now has a full trailer you can see HERE.


When I was younger, I used to love Into the Woods. Here's a quick fact about my childhood which might shed some light on why I tend not to Happy very much for my fics: I first heard many of the famous fairytales in their original form rather than in the Disney versions. A cousin of mine who was much older told me the original version of Cinderella which featured people cutting off their toes to fit into shoes and the original Rapunzel which highlighted the prince getting his eyes gouged out after falling on brambles. And I usually sided with the "villain" half the time. Rumpelstiltskin was totally in the right! They had a deal and that girl cheated! So, as a kid, I always thought fairytales were pretty grim stories about the unfairness of life and was always a little put off by how Disney seemed to rewrite the endings. Hence, when I discovered this musical, I really loved it for its dark twists. Plus, the really great music.

I re-listened to the entire musical recently in preparation for the film version. Most of the songs still hold up for me. The casting for the film feels pretty perfect. I have no idea if some of these actors can sing but acting-wise everyone is matched well. I particularly applaud the casting of Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince. It's like I didn't realize how good the choice was until he says his line about being raised to be charming, not sincere. The completely entitled douchebaggery delivery of the line brought back all my thoughts on how this was the actor who gave us the most annoyingly ridiculous Captain Kirk ever. Of course, he should be the prince! I don't say that as an insult to Chris Pine because I'm pretty sure the writers for Star Trek never stopped writing Kirk as a complete failure who was blessed with amazing luck and Pine just remained true to the script. In any case, I look forward to seeing him and everyone else on the big screen on Christmas!
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 9th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
Eeee! Yay! Into The Woods is one of my favourite musicals. I saw a local production of it several years back that was amazing, and I've loved it ever since. I was a bit worried about the casting because the music is very difficult and it's one thing to be able to sing, and another to be able to sing Sondheim music, but I have enough faith in who they've cast for the most part. Many of the them are Broadway actors. Some people I've never heard sing, so we'll have to see.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 9th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a live production of Into the Woods, although I've seen the video for the original Broadway version and saw some clips from the UK version. I'm pretty excited to see it on the big screen.
aelfgyfu_mead: Spockaelfgyfu_mead on November 9th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
I particularly applaud the casting of Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince. It's like I didn't realize how good the choice was until he says his line about being raised to be charming, not sincere. The completely entitled douchebaggery delivery of the line brought back all my thoughts on how this was the actor who gave us the most annoyingly ridiculous Captain Kirk ever.

I haven't seen Into the Woods; I just want to applaud this bit. I cannot stand the reboot Captain Kirk. I would feel better if I were as convinced as you that the writers know that he's lucky and not good.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 9th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
Weird thing is that I'm pretty sure Chris Pine is aware that Kirk is kind of a moron. Or, that's definitely his default setting. Graham Norton pointed it out as Kirk being "a bit thick" when he was on and he seemed to agree that Kirk makes bad choices.