Into the Woods

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Into The Woods 1Into the Woods is an adaptation of a play which is a modern twist of several of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, combined together and with intertwining plots of a few choice stories. This is a smorgasbord of several fairy tales.

This is a musical and a re-imagination of the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

With so many characters and sub-plots, the opening song introduces all the characters and their dilemmas. Into The Woods 2Cinderella who wants to go to the big ball; Rapunzel who is shut away in a tower by the Witch; Little Red Riding Hood who on her way to visit her grandmother is pursued by the Big Bad Wolf; and Jack who has to sell the family cow for some beans.

Emily Blunt stars as the baker’s wife which is the central character. She wanted to have children but cannot bear children because of a curse by the Witch.

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Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and wanted a few items from the baker and wife before midnight on a blue moon; this will break the curse on the baker and wife and also the curse on her. Cinderella, Jack from the Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood all contributed an item to break the curse.

Into The Woods 3Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella and Johnny Depp has a cameo role as the big bad wolf wanting to eat Little Red Riding Hood.

Like Maleficent, Into the Woods is shot mostly dark and gray which is not typical of Disney movies. The gowns and clothes of all the characters are mostly gray, brown and gold instead of the bright and pastel colors of Disney.

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This is a unique interpretation of several fairy tales by combining all of them which seems like they all take place in the same universe. The music is good with a few memorable tunes and the performances from the main characters are solid. Who knew Meryl Streep can sing that well?

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22 Responses to Into the Woods

  1. I coudn’t stand most musical movies but not Into The Woods it’s very entertaining.

  2. simonball01 says:

    Meryl Streep is really a very versatile actress, she can do drama, comedy and can also sing. Her singing is not that bad either.

  3. kathyb9 says:

    M Streep can also sing, wow.

  4. britgal3 says:

    I suspect somebody got drunk and combined all 5 fairy tales into one movie outcome is not bad at all.

  5. jchun29 says:

    The best musical movie I have seen in years.

  6. Alexander says:

    The combination of all the famous fairy-tales in one story is really great and worked out very well. It incorporated the drama, the comedy of these tales, and obviously added a music into the new story. A little more edge is added to the characters which made them humanized, making the story very interesting interesting.

    The music is really very good but not as memorable as the songs in Frozen and other Disney movies like Beauty & the Beast, Alladin, Mulan etc.

  7. Clive says:

    Several fairy tales into one movie, so odd but good odd.

  8. K Ball says:

    Meryl Streep is really a very versatile actress, she can also do musical and can sing.

  9. Alicia W says:

    I really enjoyed this musical movie not your usual perky Disney movie but a more edgy one.

  10. p.osmond says:

    The movie is too “dark” for kids; all the fairy tales are supposed to be for kids not adults. This is totally inappropriate for kids.

  11. Claudia A says:

    Surprisingly the movie is a fantastic cinema experience for me, it is complex and has a serious story that is put in a silly but fun combination of several fairy tale. I went to see the movie not expecting to be surprised but I was surprised and really like the movie. Meryl Streep and Chris Pine are really good.

  12. Frankie says:

    The movie is not for everybody and kids will not love it like the other Disney movies as it is way too dark. If you are a fan of musicals or a fan of Disney in general, you may like this one. It has so-so music but has great production design although too dark to my liking.

  13. Leslie Gibson says:

    Watching the movie felt like watching a play and that was ok and the songs are also ok but not great. Johnny Depp’s character as the big bad wolf reminds of a pedophile. Ana Kendrick has a very good voice.

  14. Beatch Girl says:

    Clever way to have numerous fairy tales in one movie it seems seamless and looks like they all belong in the movie. Great music too, Meryl Streep’s looks like she is wearing dentures but she can sing though.

  15. David L says:

    Avery good adaptation of the original Broadway play with very good music and standout performances by Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. The movie is good but it can’t shake it’s theatrical origins which shows on the movie.

  16. Alex A says:

    Very good and catchy music with a very good story telling and a very good cast, althiough it is 30 minutes or so too long but still fun to see with the family.

  17. Cheap Veatch says:

    This is way too dark and the only good thing is Meryl Streep; it looks like she is wearing dentures.

  18. L Holloway says:

    The performances are terrific especially from Emily Blunt and as expected from Meryl Streep. Really a great adaptation of the stage play and great music too.

  19. david.lerner says:

    A good interpretation of several fairy tales into one musical movie and as good music too. Great movie.

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