Into The Woods
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From the director of CHICAGO and the producer of WICKED comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture INTO THE WOODS. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch's (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for.
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Into the Woods is a musical about a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who long to have a baby. They discover a witch (Meryl Streep) put a curse on their house long ago and, in order to lift the curse and have the ability to have a baby, they must fulfill the witch's tasks within three nights. This musical combines four fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel) whose characters end up interacting with each other many times during the movie. A lot of the movie takes place in the woods and it's fun to see how the fairy tales twist together. The main cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. This movie is rated PG and is 125 minutes long.
My husband agreed to watch this with me and we both enjoyed it, even though it took us some time to adjust to the musical feel of it. We both like some musicals but we weren't sure what to expect from it. We watched this four days ago and I had to ponder how to rate this and express my feelings on it. The singing is beautiful and I really enjoyed the acting. It was funny at times and I liked seeing how the actors portrayed the fairy tales that I already knew. I feel like there are five separate storylines (all four fairy tales plus the baker and baker's wife's story) and, at the end, they all end up interacting with each other to accomplish their tasks. At times, I started to lose interest only because I often don't watch musicals and they aren't my first choice to watch but I'm glad we finished it because we both ended up liking it.
Overall, we liked this movie/musical, although it was definitely different. I'd say you should probably have some interest in musicals if you are considering buying this. If you don't like musicals, you might not find this that interesting. For me, I bought it because I love fairy tales, I loved the cast, and I like musicals. I think it might be easier to follow if I saw it on stage but I still enjoyed it. I can't say that I will watch this movie that often but I'm glad I watched it. If you know someone who owns this, you might want to borrow it first before you buy it in case you don't like it that much. I recommend this if you enjoy musicals, fairy tales, and a great cast!
It was good. Obviously Meryl Streep was the corner stone to the cast that held it all together to make the movie as great as it was. I enjoyed it for the simple fact I got to see her in a more broadway-style role for once. What a gal! I'd adopt her as my grandmother any day of the week.
Using young actors in films is a slippery slope, and yes Red Riding Hood's actress was the weakness of the whole film (plot aside). Collectively it pulled through: Good sense of humor throughout the film and enough going on to keep my attention. It's definitely a film geared towards the younger crowd, but it's still worth at least one watch as an adult. There is singing obviously, hence my reference to Broadway. If you don't like singing in films but your girlfriend/wife wants to see it, break out the vodka and power through it. The film I mean, not the bottle. Enjoy!
I am a professional theatre technician, and occasional designer, and have worked on many musicals, including several productions of Into The Woods, as well as several other Stephan Sondheim productions. I like how Into The Woods begins, and I like how it ends, but it has always felt just weird and long through the middle. This is, essentially, a review of the original script rather than of the film. I warned my girlfriend when we decided to watch the film that it was a little dark and weird, a surprising choice for Disney, but we went forward. Streep was awesome. In fact, the entire cast was excellent. Unlike the horrible film treatment of Sweeney Todd (in which they chopped up the orchestration and slashed the chorus... the thing that makes that musical so incredible... yes, I said "slashed"... See the poorly filmed, but brilliantly performed original Broadway production with Angela Lansbury)... I digress... unlike that film, this film of Into The Woods was lovingly produced in terms of music, singing, orchestration, etc...
But it's weird and dark to watch. Not for everyone's taste.