Released on Christmas day, Into the Woods is the perfect way to spend a few hours recuperating from hanging out with family and drinking too much eggnog. As if Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt all on screen together isn’t enough reason to get your tickets, here are a few more.
1. It’s the perfect soundtrack to play on repeat during break.
To hold you over until Pitch Perfect 2 comes out, sing along to Anna Kendrick’s version of “On the Steps of the Palace.” Unlike when Russell Crowe ruined Les Miserables with that moaning he passed as singing, there is not a weak singer in the cast. And there’s really not a bad song in the bunch. Ideal for shower singing.
2. You’ll laugh!
For a pretty dark story, the movie does a good job of adding humor. The Baker and the Witch have awesome one liners. If Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen don’t have you cracking up during the song “Agony,” you might need to check your pulse. And Anna Kendrick’s face when she sees what her slipper helped produce is absolutely priceless.
3. You’ll cry!
Like I said, it’s a dark story…AKA we say goodbye to a few characters. But getting emotional just means you care!
4. The costumes are gorgeous.
Costume designer Colleen Atwood won Oscars for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Alice in Wonderland, so she knows what she’s doing. She definitely brought the whimsical touch for these fairy tale characters.
5. Revisit your favorite fairy tales.
From Cinderella and Rapunzel to Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Woods has you covered. It’s so fun to see how the stories are interwoven and how the characters interact with each other if they all lived in the same little village.
6. There’s a great message.
One of my favorite lyrics ever comes from the song “Children Will Listen” that plays at the end: “Wishes come true, not free.” No matter what these characters wish for, will it be all they imagined? Was it worth the sacrifices? And will they ever be satisfied? It’s a lesson for all of us.