It's Elvis's birthday! He would have been 80 today.
Into the Woods:
I really enjoyed the movie version. I think they did a fine job of clipping it down and smoothing it out for screens, without losing the spirit and message of the whole. The casting was really brilliant, with a very pleasant mix of big name stars who sing (or sing passably) and Broadway singers -- the kids playing Jack and Red Riding Hood were superb.
The second act got short shrift; the Baker's father stayed dead, so the song "No More" was cut. Rapunzel got away with her prince, so she didn't get squished by the Giantess -- they got their happy ending, and both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were cut completely. Cinderella's father was cut out, I guess Disney didn't care for the fact that he was oblivious to his daughter's agony at the hands of her stepmother & stepsisters. With the missing secondary princesses, the Princes didn't get their encore (which is hilarious, a shame it had to go), and since the Giantess attacked while they were still at the wedding of Cinderella and the Prince there wasn't the in-between time for "happy ever after" and some of the musical story was lost there:
"Do you think it was a bear?"
"A bear? Bears are sweet! Besides, you ever seen a bear with 40-foot feet?"
"No scorch marks, usually they're linked."
"Possible... very, very possible."
When the Giantess first appeared through the trees, I got just a brief glimpse of her face, and for a second I thought they'd pulled one of the greatest casting coups of all time and got Linda Hunt for the part, but it turned out to just look a bit like her, and was instead Frances de la Tour, who already got to play a giantess in the Harry Potter movies. Oh, well. (I suppose Linda Hunt is too busy, but it still would have been awesome.)
In all, it was a far better adaptation of a Sondheim musical to the big screen than Sweeney Todd was; even Johnny Depp was good as the Wolf.
I had to listen to the original, though, this week; and I'll have to dig out the DVD and watch it again. Got a chuckle out of my wife's comment as we left the theatre, "Meryl Streep is no Bernadette Peters, but..."
On the late shift again, so my evenings seem to race by before I get a chance to take a breath -- however, it appears that upper upper management suddenly noticed all the overtime and it was all abruptly cancelled, so at least I have my mornings while on this shift!
For the last few weeks the days have been in the 60's and the nights in the 30's, then abruptly yesterday the high was 80. WTF? It's going to be in the 70's now, which is more normal -- we're moving into that time of year in Phoenix when we settle into cool nights, warm days, and everyone in the universe wants to move here (because they don't know what the summers are like). If we're lucky it should stay like this for a few months. *crossed fingers*
I haven't made a lot of progress on reading this week, although I suppose that may have to do with reading four books at once...