Screening a movie before it is released always is a fun experience. While I was out in LA we upped the experience and attend the screening with the Cast over at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. This theatre is the official “Academy” Theatre and is a world-class theater custom-designed to present films at maximum technical accuracy with state-of-the-art projection equipment and sound system. The theater’s 1,012 seats also have been specially designed and placed to create a movie-viewing environment that is ideal in terms of acoustical quality, sightlines and comfort.
First let’s chat a bit about the film. This is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. I was a total newbie going in. I had not seen or read the play or heard of any of the music. Which was hard because usually I do a ton of research if it’s available. The only thing I knew going in was what Disney put out beforehand. I’m extremely happy I did this. Here is my initial thoughts as soon as the movie ended:
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The film starts out re-introducing to the characters that you already know…with a little bit more shall we say. Not every character is what you know so be prepared to be mesmerized with visuals, lyrics, songs, voices, costumes, and a great story. Everyone starts out with a wish. Some wishes you remember and some are new. However as Meryl Streep creeps in and out as the With they all realize these wishes can be granted in some form or fashion by Going “Into the Woods” from there hijinks ensue.
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others. These scenes are my favorite. Agony bring Chris Pine’s 2 dimensional “Charming” Prince to the forefront, Children Will Listen gives you goosebumps, On The Steps of the Palace has Anna Kendrick belting out like only she can.
Bottom line is that the entire family will find something in this film they will like. If you have younger kiddos then make it a date night! You will be humming the songs and looking for the soundtrack when you leave. My entire family will be their on Christmas Day after all the festivities!
Nominated for Golden Globes!
Make sure you tune into tomorrow for the Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, & Christine Baranski interviews!