Into the Woods

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On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.



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"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of 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. (C) Disney


Meryl Streep
as The Witch
Emily Blunt
as Baker's Wife
Anna Kendrick
as Cinderella
Chris Pine
as Cinderella's Prince
Johnny Depp
as The Wolf
Tracey Ullman
as Jack's Mother
Christine Baranski
as Cinderella's Stepmother
Lilla Crawford
as Red Riding Hood
Billy Magnussen
as Rapunzel's Prince
Lucy Punch
as Lucinda
Joanna Riding
as Cinderella's Mother
Simon Russell Beale
as Baker's Father
Annette Crosbie
as Grandmother
Richard Glover
as The Steward
Andy Hayes
as Villager
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  • May 21, 2016
    Tiresome and badly paced adaptation of what is apparently a highly regarded musical. Emily Blunt shines, Johnny Depp and James Corden irritate. Not for me.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2016
    While it loses steam in the second half, Into The Woods is a nearly faithful (albeit watered down) adaptation that works thanks to great performances - particularly from Streep, Blunt and Pine - and great, humable music.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2015
    Rob Marshall's Into the Woods goes in, then manages to get lost. The integration of characters from multiple fairy tales is an intriguing concept and while the film starts off in amusing fashion, it loses its moxie. The jumps between characters and story arcs is mediocre at best, while plot details are lacking as the story pushes forward in time to get through its tale in 2 hours. The film's content is also more mature and dark than a family friendly atmosphere. A PG rating is too generous. 80-90% is singing. Even when musical numbers are not taking place, character dialogue is being sung. Fortunately, there are some catchy tunes that sink into the brain, but there are equally as much tiresome vocals exiting the speakers. The female leads are the highlight. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick liven the picture, when the blandness of James Corden and Chris Pine step on the stage. Into the Woods has some journey-full moments; just not enough to make it an exciting trek into the woods.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2015
    The narrative is a mess, there are way too many songs, and the characters are two-dimensional. Nice production work though.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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