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Into the Woods (2014)
NOT a film Disney should have produced...
Disney advertised this film as a film for families with young kids and this film was anything but for young kids...the theater was filled with kids ranging from the ages 3 to 9. Kids these ages have only heard the "Disney: versions of these classic Grimm Brother classic tales. Therefore what was Disney doing with a film that differed so much from their own stories? I can assume many kids were probably shocked to see Cinderella's step sisters cut off parts of their toe to fit the slipper and when Cinderella's prince somewhat cheats on Cinderella with the Baker's wife and she ends up dumping him. That just gives Disney's Prince Charming a bad name...this wasn't like Snow White & The Huntsman because that was not a Disney film but this was...so what is Disney trying to say??? The whole film and original play tries to show you that "life is not a fairytale" but because of Disney's involvement and their need for this to be a "family friendly" film, when in reality this should've been intended for adults, many original plot elements were either changed or unfocused on. Examples would be: Jack's mother is basically clubbed to death in the play but in the movie she's accidentally pushed and hits her head on a log. Also when the Baker's wife dies, all we see is a hand slip from the branch and a slight scream...you couldn't be sure if she fell off a cliff or just slipped because Disney wanted to make sure they got their PG rating. Also in the play the Baker's Wife and Price Charming don't just kiss...they actually commit adultery. Lastly Disney completely took out the part (for good reason) when Rapunzel's Prince and Prince Charming start lusting over Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. I prefer the Disney versions but if they were to make a movie out of this play they should've made it at least a PG-13 movie because it shies away from important plot elements that help enforce the moral of the story. I still don't understand why Disney would think this is a film for families...it just ruins the reputation that they've built for their own characters. So since this is a Disney endorsed film can I ask Prince Charming about this next time I see him at Disneyland?