Apr 012015
 

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Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts , Kids & Family
Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.

As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch’s beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Thoughts
I loved this movie. It was neat seeing all the characters from different classic fairy tales coming together and interacting with each other. The story is at times cute and funny, but also has some more serious scenes. It was very easy to follow. At one point I thought the movie was gearing down to end, but it picked back up and kept going. The movie seemed a bit long, but I don’t know how they could have cut anything out. Each scene was important to lead up to the next. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but I liked it.

Somehow we missed that this was a musical. Since I’m not really a fan of musicals, I didn’t expect to like that aspect much, but it grew on me. I was amazed at how well everyone could sing (all the cast members did their own singing). They all did a great job of acting their parts too.

Meryl Streep did an awesome job of playing the witch. Of course she did, she’s amazing in everything. I also think the other actors were perfectly cast. The one that stands out in my mind the most was Depp as the wolf, but like Streep, he is awesome in everything he does. I wish his part in the film would have been longer.

James Corden as the Baker and Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife were perfect. I’ve never seen Lilla Crawford or Daniel Huttlestone in anything before, but they too did awesome jobs as Little Red Riding Hood and Jack. The rest of the cast were also very good. In fact, there wasn’t anyone I didn’t think did a great job.

This would be great for families to watch together, and I would recommend it to everyone.

 

Cast:
Meryl Streep ~ Witch
Johnny Depp ~ Wolf
Anna Kendrick ~ Cinderella
Daniel Huttlestone ~ Jack
James Corden ~ Baker
Emily Blunt ~ Baker’s Wife
Christine Baranski ~ Stepmother
Tammy Blanchard ~ Florinda
Lucy Punch ~ Lucinda
Tracey Ullman ~ Jack’s Mother
Lilla Crawford ~ Little Red Riding Hood
Billy Magnussen ~ Rapunzel’s Prince
Mackenzie Mauzy ~ Rapunzel
Chris Pine ~ Cinderella’s Prince
Frances de la Tour ~ Giant
Tug ~ Milky-White

  5 Responses to “Movie Time: Into The Woods”

  1. Vicki, this sounds really clever and fun. Thanks for a terrific review!

  2. Actually, they cut at least 30 minutes from the stage production. Wonderful movie adaptation, however. I can’t wait to get it and watch it again.

  3. I’ve just never been into books or movies like that so I skipped this one – maybe I should give it a try at home.

  4. I’ve been wanting to see this! My daughter saw it in the theater and really enjoyed it. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  5. Hm, I was thinking I wanted to watch a cozy movie tonight…this could be the one!

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