Tuesday, May 26, 2015
#JustaQuickiePlease: Disney's Into the Woods Review
Disney, the master of musicals, does not disappoint as their director, Rob Marshall, brings us a pitch-perfect cinematic adaption of one of the most unique and biting Broadway productions of our time. Marshall captures all of the quick and dark humor of Sondheim's wonderfully warped, more literary accurate, harmonious retelling of some of the most beloved and despised fairy tales. The stellar cast effortlessly brings all of the life, lasciviousness, and lament of his original characters, so much so, that anyone's living or rec room instantaneously becomes a vicarious visit to the theater. I have seen many musical masterpieces retooled to fit in the limited proportions of the silver screen, or in this case, the flat screen. But few have had the impact, energy, engagement, and effectiveness of this newest upstart. Kudos to the Mighty Mouse for truly honoring the magic of such a contemporary masterpiece. 4 out of 5 Kernels; now to the daunting task of finding a way to repel the incessantly snappy and delightful tunes that now beleaguer both my waking and unconscious hours. I guess there could be far worse repercussions.