“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics—including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” hits theaters Dec. 25, 2014.
I didn’t expect the movie to be a musical. I’m not really into musicals, but story overall is good. The beginning of the movie didn’t really intrigue me at first, but as the story start to unravel with different twist and turns, it started getting more interesting.
There’s a lot of comedy in the film, and has a few romance and action in it too. Some of the morals in the movie were pretty mature, its not your average Disney movie where everyone lives happily ever after, there’s a part in the movie where the Bakers Wife basically has a small short affair with Cinderella’s prince in the woods, the prince then leaves, then short after she gets lost and dies falling off a cliff leaving her husband on his own with their baby.
There’s a song that Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince sang called “Agony”, it was probably the funniest part of the movie, everyone in the theater was laughing throughout the whole scene. A lot of the songs were catchy, leaving me singing “Into The Woods” when leaving the theater.
INTO THE WOODS
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Genre: Musical drama
U.S. Release Date: December 25, 2014
Running time: 125 minutes
Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine,
Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford
and Johnny Depp.
Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch
Director: Rob Marshall
Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall
Screenplay by: James Lapine
Based on the Musical by: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim