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Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:42 pm 
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Has anyone seen this?
The motion picture that just came out, primarily, but also the stage production if you’ve seen that and wish to discuss. Though apparently they have some significant differences.

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Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:00 pm 
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It came in 8 on the year for me so overall pretty good. Agony was done well, but it could have been better.

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Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:02 pm 
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I saw it last night and thought it was pretty good. I didn't know anything about the stage production, so I had no idea how it would turn out

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Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:30 pm 
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Agony was done well...

I saw the movie with a couple of friends the other day, and the "Agony" song was by far our favourite part of the movie! We laughed. A lot. And then we laughed some more. And then we got together two days later and kept finding reasons to break into song. "Agony....so much greater than yours..." Then we laughed even more. Good times. \:D/ Chris PIne has been a favourite ever since Princess Diaries 2 was in theatres a million years ago, so that didn't hurt at all. :inlove:

Overall, the movie was decent but nothing really special, in my opinion. I wasn't familiar with the play, so I didn't know quite what to expect. I did enjoy the story and the songs, but barring the one exception noted above, I didn't leave with songs stuck in my head. I didn't want to buy the soundtrack. (Except for Agony, which I bought on iTunes.) \:D/ I didn't want to see it again right away. It was good, but nowhere close to great. The two friends I saw the movie with felt the same way.

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Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:25 pm 
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I’ve never seen the play, or even heard anything about it before now, so I had no idea at all what the story was about, but my movie group was going to see this last weekend so I had to decide if I wanted to go along.

I’m not one of those people that hates on musicals, I’m fine with them. In fact I think I would say in general I like musicals. But I won’t just like any one; they have to be good, and I have to be in the mood.

I almost didn’t go. Like I said I didn’t know what it was about other than being some kind of fairytale mashup so didn’t know if it was any good, and I wasn’t particularly in the mood for a musical that evening. I decided to give it a chance though because I wanted to go have fun with friends. I am so glad I went!

I loved this! It was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, every one of the songs was enjoyable, and it had a perfect balance between humor and profound reflections. The story has so many layers and different themes you can probably take something new from it each time you watch it. The stories of each character, though all connected in the main plot, have their own lessons and ideas as well, apart from what is conveyed when they overlap.

I enjoyed it so much I already knew for certain as I left the theater that I’m buying it once it’s out, a decision I rarely come to so immediately. And unlike Catspaw, I do want to see it again right away. (Which I don’t believe I’ve ever actually felt about a movie before, certainly not to this degree.) I’m seriously considering a second theater viewing. I won’t do it unless it comes to the local theater with cheaper ticket prices, but I really want to.

It’s interesting that your group all had the reaction it did Catspaw, because my group unanimously had the reaction I did; every single person absolutely loved it. There has to be an asterisk that one of them is really into musical theatre, so of course they were going to, but the other three were just regular people like me, and one is actually rather a musical hater, so for such universal enjoyment I think it has to have something special. You guys must have just been in a bad mood that night. :noway:

I say if you’re a fan of musicals you should definitely go see this one; if you enjoy an occasional musical I highly recommend considering giving this one a try. I found it to be a great one, and very well done.

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Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:58 pm 
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It’s interesting that your group all had the reaction it did Catspaw, because my group unanimously had the reaction I did; every single person absolutely loved it. There has to be an asterisk that one of them is really into musical theatre, so of course they were going to, but the other three were just regular people like me, and one is actually rather a musical hater, so for such universal enjoyment I think it has to have something special. You guys must have just been in a bad mood that night. :noway:

I'm glad that your group enjoyed the movie so much! The friends I went with do enjoy musicals, which is why we went together, since we have a few friends who will not go see any musicals. Their loss. ;) We really were looking forward to the movie, so it's not like we went in looking for reasons not to like it. Different people, different thoughts, I guess. :-k

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Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:59 am 
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I saw this last week and was quite surprised. I'm not generally too into musicals, but this kind of intrigued me. I wasn't aware it was a musical by Stephen Sondheim, so I was expecting more Menken-esque catchy pop tunes (which I'm pretty sick of). Although the songs weren't breathtaking, they were still quite good, and I don't think the music was really the focus of the film. The lyrics were. There were so many themes and different messages being thrown around, at the end I was quite confused. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. It seemed pretty inconsistent and jumbled at times, but it had some amazing moments and I would definitely watch it again - like you bookworm, I don't usually feel this way about a movie directly after watching it.

One thing I was very confused by was the apparently blatant moral relativism. Was that really the main theme of the movie? "You are not alone," as in, you can always know whether something is right or wrong because it's determined by those around you?


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Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:54 pm 
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You're right ric that if you try to contemplate the story as a whole it is rather jumbled, because I don't think that's what you're 'supposed' to do.
It's jumbled because there is so much jammed into it; but just because the themes all touched doesn't mean they're all connected. As I said, there are so many possible takeaways you can just pick and choose what grabs you each time. I don't think you're meant to try to take it all in, I think you go with what stands out from the jumble.
This is evidenced by your takeaway as the main theme. It's completely different than mine.

I found the main theme underlying all the others to be parenthood. The story starts with the Baker and his wife wishing they had a child, it's guided along by the Witch's evolving relationship with her 'daughter' from unchallenged devotion to teenage rebellion, her frustrated message being "children should listen", it's taken in a new direction when the Bakers finally have a child, and concludes by going back to the Witch who despite having appeared to lose her own parental relationship seems to still have found fulfilment, possibly as a result of the Baker now being able to begin forming his own, her message now contently "children will listen" because his relationship is being based on pure love.

That was my takeaway from the first viewing, I'm sure I'll probably take away something else from my next, that's why it's so good!

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I watched "Into the Woods" on Netflix the other day and thought of this thread! I enjoyed watching it. I hadn't seen it since I saw it in theatres a few years ago, and while I still don't adore it or anything, I was glad to have watched it again. I think it helped a bit to know what was going to happen. I didn't remember every little detail, but I knew the main plot points, so I didn't feel quite so disappointed when some things went differently than I expected, and I knew that it was a little darker than I had expected the first time around. With those revised expectations, I probably enjoyed it more than the first time. Still not a favourite, but decent.

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I still absolutely love this! I thought I had posted when I rewatched it a while back, but apparently not. Probably because it looks like I would have still had the last post in the thread.

I was highly anticipating being able to see it again and I bought the dvd very soon after it was available and watched it again very soon after that, and to my great pleasure (though I never really doubted it would be the case) I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first viewing, perhaps even more. I don't know exactly what it is about it, but this show has really taken me. Right now, and ever since I first saw it, I would name it as my favorite musical.

I even bought the soundtrack, which I very rarely do for anything, and I'm considering also buying the deluxe edition soundtrack even though I already have the basic just to get every little track just because I love this so unusually much. I've just really connected with something here.

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Wow, that is high praise when something maintains it's high status with somebody! It's interesting how different things connect with different people.

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