Be Sure To Journey “Into The Woods” #IntotheWoods

INTO THE WOODS

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to catch a sneak preview of the new Disney Film “Into the Woods.”  I have been so excited about this movie for over a year- since they announced they were going to make it.

into the woods baker, bakers wife and I

You see in the summer of 2013 I had the honor of playing Jack’s Mom in the stage version of the production (that’s me with The Baker and The Baker’s Wife) and fell in love with the show.  The rich characters, beautiful music and underlying valuable life lessons spoke to me and so many audience members. There is always the chance that Hollywood will completely RUIN a show (did anyone watch Peter Pan on NBC?) but from what I heard of the soundtrack and saw in the still photographs it appeared Disney might do the show justice.

I am going to TRY to review this movie from the point of view of a person watching a movie, not someone mad they cut one of her favorite songs from the stage production but I’m sure it’s going to come up.

into the woods cinderella

The first character you meet is Cinderella (Anna Kendrick pictured above) and they share the story you are familiar with- the stepsisters, the death of the father, the cleaning of the house etc.  They also introduce you to a ton of characters whose stories you already know- Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk (played by the break-out star of the movie Daniel Huttlestone), The Baker and his Wife, Rapunzel, The Witch, some Charming Princes and A Big Bad Wolf.  The music is beautifully done, gorgeous costumes and (most of) the performances are top notch.

In my opinion the weakest part of the movie, surprisingly, is Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.   Disney made some changes to the script and one of them was to… well let’s say neuter… his character.   To keep the movie PG they pulled back on the creepiness.  So it made it kind of fall flat.  He’s not the strongest singer to begin with and putting him up against some of these powerhouses made it clear he was out of his element.  The character is not dominant throughout the movie so the awkwardness wasn’t on screen too much but his performance was almost painful to watch- especially since he is someone I generally enjoy watching.

into the woods rapunzel

The main characters are The Baker and The Baker’s Wife (yep no proper names).  They have been unable to have a child and finally find out why when The Witch (pictured above played by the wickedly talented Meryl Streep- do NOT miss her fingernails) from next door pays them a visit.  She had placed a curse on their home because The Baker’s Father stole beans from her garden.  So she offers them some hope:

“You wish to have The curse reversed? I’ll need a certain Potion first. Go to the wood and bring me back: One: the cow as white as milk, Two: the cape as red as blood, Three: the hair as yellow as corn, Four: the slipper as pure as gold.”

So they head into the woods (with a deadline) to find these items which cause them to run into famous fairy tale characters and steal/barter for/buy their prized objects.  It all seems to turn out right: Cinderella gets her prince, Rapunzel  gets out of her tower, Little Red gets to Grandmothers house, Jack gets his beanstalk etc.  But once everyone gets what they wished for, you get to see the rest of the story.

into the woods chris pine

You see it turns out marrying a man who you danced with once at a ball might not make for the best marriage (didn’t you see “Frozen?”).  That climbing a bean stalk and stealing a golden harp could make a giant angry.  The theme of “Into The Woods” is “Be Careful What You Wish For” and that is the ultimate lesson.  Because once you get what you want, it might not be what you need.  And there WILL be consequences, for yourself and others.

While the purist in me is sad about some of the changes made I want to encourage everyone to see this movie.  It’s beautiful.  And I believe anything that might prompt someone to go see a live show should be given every chance to succeed.  This is a great representation of what a movie studio can do if they take good material and treat it with respect and dignity.

It is rated PG but the story line is kind of mature. One of my dear friends took her 6 year old and he was getting a bit squirmy by the end.  I wouldn’t take anyone younger than that.  But for anyone who loves singing and fairy tales this is a MUST SEE movie.  Please go see it and tell me what you think!

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Kohl’s: $10 Off $30 Purchase Online or In-Store + Extra 20% Off + After Christmas Clearance = Great Deals

kohls year end sale

Through January 1st, head over to Kohl’s.com where you can save $10 off a $30 purchase when you use the promo code HAPPY2015 at checkout.

Even sweeter, save an extra 20% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY20 at checkout – this code excludes electronics and other exclusions may apply (expires 12/31). And yes, these 2 codes can be used together!

Now is the time to use the Kohl’s Cash you earned from December 10th-24th. It is redeemable in store, online & at the kiosk through January 4th.

There are lots of great bargains in the After Christmas Sale and Clearance section so be sure to browse around.

Shipping is FREE on orders of $50 or more; otherwise, shipping starts at $5.95 for orders less than $50.

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Old Navy: Up to 75% Off Entire Store AND Buy 2 Clearance Items & Get 1 Free

old navy semi annual sale

Through Sunday, December 28th, head on over to your local Old Navy store where the entire store is up to 75% off PLUS Buy 2 Clearance Items and Get 1 Free! NOTE that this sale is valid in-store only.

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The Children’s Place Monster Sale: Up To 60% Off + EXTRA 30% Off + FREE Shipping

children's place monster sale

The Children’s Place has up to 60% off their clearance right now in their Monster Sale.

And you get an extra 30% off when you use coupon code 30COUPON3 through 12/28.

There are items in the clearance section as low as $1.99- which are $1.39 after the coupon code.

Free shipping on orders $75 or more or flat $5 rate.

Click here to check out the sales.

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Happy Socks: 30% Off Sitewide and FREE Shipping

happy socks

I think I have found a new product I am in love with!

Check out this website Happy Socks– it made me happy just looking at the pictures.

They  have all kinds of prints- argyle, polka dots, feathers, leaves and more.

Right now they have an extra 30% off everything on the site (making the $8.40 socks pictured above now $5.44) plus FREE shipping.

If you know someone who wears fun socks (or if you wear them yourself) check out this sale.

 

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Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Going On Now (Coupon Codes Too)

bath and body works semi annual

It’s the time of year for semi-annual sales and Bath and Body Works has one of the biggest!

You can snag items up to 75% off! Wallflowers start at $2.50, body care at $3.00, and 3-wick candles are 50% off.

Plus I have some coupon codes for you to use- these can expire at any time:

  • Get $10 off a $40+ order with code: 10NOW
  • Get $10 off a $30 purchase with code: FA143260
  • 15% off sitewide with code: RMNDEC15
  • 20% off with code: WILDVANILLA

Shipping is $5.99 and you can only use one code per order.

 

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Extra 15% Off Sitewide at 6pm!

For a limited time, save 15% on already-discounted prices at 6pm.com via code 6PMEU1225201415683 at checkout. Plus, shipping is free.

The coupon applies to UGG, Michael Kors, Nike, Coach, The North Face and more.

Sales tax is charged in most states. 6pm coupon codes are only good for a limited number of redemptions, so act fast!

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