Somewhere around junior high my family started a new tradition of the entire family going to a movie on Thanksgiving night. There were 10 or so of us that went and it was always a fun way to end the day’s festivities. There were a surprising number of other people there, and I found out that for many it wasn’t just a Thanksgiving tradition, it was a Christmas one, too.
I’m trying to remember if we saw any movies on Christmas Day. If we did, none really stick out to me. But this year, I think that’s going to be different. Because this year Into the Woods opens on December 25th and I think it’s going to be awesome.
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.
With a star-studded cast like that I feel like it’s kind of impossible to go wrong. I mean, hello Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Plus I cannot wait to see Anna Kendrick because aside from being talented, she’s from Maine! And I love to see a fellow Mainiac go big. And, of course, Chris Pine. Because, swoon.