Annie and Into the woods are two movies based on Broadway musical. I saw Annie last week en Into the woods yesterday. Both were nominated for the Golden Globes award. I thought to review them at once in one post.
This is a story of a Annie, an orphan. She lives with another orphan kids at Miss Hannigan’s. One day Annie’s dream comes true. From foster kid she goes from rag to riches. Critics in the USA received Annie as the black rendition of the original Annie movie dated from 1982. Today’s version stars black Annie and Mr. Starck. During the movie I hardly notice that Annie is black. I mean, that doesn’t matter what race Annie is, the story stays the same.
The cast, acting and music are ok. Sometimes I find Cameron Diaz over acts as Miss Hannigan but this doesn’t disturb me. Annie is quite entertaining with a happy ending. It delivers what I have expected. It is a family movie. Two most famous songs: It’s a hard knock life and Tomorrow bring back childhood memories.
Into the woods
This movie intertwines several Grimm classics such as: Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Little red riding hood, Rapunzel. It promises something good for a start. The plot is interesting but I won’t give away any spoiler though.
Despite the strongly talented cast, beautiful music and songs, impressive costume and setting, Into the woods fails to convince me. I find it boring except the opening act. Yes, it is boring. My daughter G shares the same opinion as well.
This makes me wonder why Les Misérables stays interesting until the end while Into the woods bores me after the opening act. To be honest, I can’t really put a finger on it. Maybe I am too old for this. Maybe I don’t give a damn about good moral message in it. I really don’t know.
I imagine watching the real musical Into the woods on Broadway is another experience than watching it on big screen. The ambiance is different. There is a stage with love orchestra, good lighting etc. The public’s curiosity is tangible. They applaud after each act. That is a huge difference than watching a movie from a seat.
Evidently I am still slightly disappointed with this widely marketed Disney production. Now I’d like to know what you think of this movie. Please, do share.