“Into the Woods” as a Critique of Moral Relativism

I must admit I’ve always felt a little guilty about how much I enjoy “Into the Woods” when a pall of moral relativism seems to hang over the whole affair. No more. Catholic Cinephile brings an insightful viewpoint to bear on the matter, and now I can’t wait until the next Discount Wednesday rolls around at my local cinema. Catholic Cinephile writes:

I have seen several reviews of Into the Woods which suggest the recent adaptation of Sondheim and Lapine’s musical is a defense of moral relativism, the heresy that there is no absolute truth and we get to decide what is right and wrong for ourselves. One manifestation of relativism is that the determining factor for morality is our intentions, or the widely beloved belief that the ends justify the means. I find this slightly ironic, because I believe Into the Woods is actually a pretty strong critique of relativism.

Read the rest here (spoiler warning).

Hat tip to Jeffrey Overstreet for bringing this to my attention.


Posted on January 3, 2015, in Film Discussion and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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