Though it drives our sixteen year old daughter crazy at times, our family often has “deep” discussions after watching movies, plays, musicals and sometimes after viewing art exhibits and the like.
We finally (in our fast-paced-first-world-lives one week after opening seems like “finally”) saw the new Into the Woods movie last night.
I’ve been thinking about various themes from the show —
- People make mistakes. So many mistakes.
- Even when you think you are doing “the right thing,” people often get hurt.
- Stand up for yourself. Stand up for what you believe is right. (Doing this is easier if you don’t have to do it alone; see #4).
- Being “in the woods” is confusing, sometimes scary, and often dangerous. Take a friend; don’t go alone.
- Actions often bring unintended (far-reaching, severe) consequences.
- It is impossible to protect everyone from evil and danger. Bad things happen; even to good people.
- Getting what you thought you wanted will not necessarily make you happy.
- Lies, deceptions, greed, stealing — never the best way to go.
- Beauty does not guarantee a happy life.
- Stay on the path? Get off the path to smell the flowers? Not an easy decision. “Isn’t it nice to know a lot? And a little bit….not.” One of my favorite lines!
And I know things now,
Many valuable things,
That I hadn’t known before:
And take extra care with strangers,
Even flowers have their dangers.
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than good.
Isn’t it nice to know a lot!
And a little bit not.
from “I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods, by Sondheim
I by no means exhausted the list of themes from this show. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.