Plot: A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
Word of my Meryl endeavour had made its way around my friendship group. The quest was either met with mild interest, or from the more cinematically minded, offers to watch certain Streep films with me (Surprisingly, no takers for ‘It’s Complicated’ yet).
“I haven’t seen many Meryl Streep films…,” admitted one friend. “She did the voice in A.I. right? I’ve watched that.”
I didn’t even dignify that with a response. His film studies graduate girlfriend scoffed and retorted, “You loved her in 101 Dalmatians!”
“That was Glenn Close, you DICK”, I growled.
So the actual film. While a new Meryl film is usually something to look forward to, Into The Woods didn’t flood me with excitement. Not even phaser-toting hottie Chris Pine could pique my interest over a moderate level. There are two reasons for this: firstly, I am not a musical man. I can count the number of musicals I have seen and enjoyed on one hand (Buffy’s ‘Once More With Feeling’ taking the top spot). The second, the reviews I had read were tepid at best.
‘Stay With Me’ was my favourite song from the film, followed by Pine’s ‘Agony’. Sondheim is a musical legend but his ditties are rarely ones you can easily hum as you walk out the theatre. I didn’t hate the film, but I think this quote from Meryl’s sapphire-haired witch sums it up perfectly.
“You’re not good, you’re not bad, you’re just nice.”
– The Witch