For once, a director finally understands how to make a musical the right way! There are many stories that are involved in this movie. With every story, everybody seems to have to go into the woods. It all begins when a baker, (James Corden) along with his wife (Emily Blunt) are told by the witch (Meryl Streep) that if they want to conceive a child they need to gather up the ingredients for a potion she will cook up that will return her to her youth. When the baker and his wife agree to do this, they meet many other characters along their journey. They first meet Cinderella (Anna Kendrick). Cinderella has her whole story going on with the prince (Chris Pine). They also come across Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone). There is also a wolf (Johnny Depp) that is looking for the Little Red Riding Hood and Jack.
Into The Woods is a movie that has a great soundtrack to it. All the songs were catchy and written well. The last time a musical was done well was Les Miserables in 2012. That and Into The Woods have been the best musicals made in the past decade. Into The Woods is very much aimed at a family audience and it shows. This is your typical holiday movie that you would go to with your family. It is, however, a little longer than it needs to be, but that doesn’t bother you for the most part.
A lot of the movie is very interesting. I think the idea behind collaborating all these fairy- tales together is pretty cool. Johnny Depp did not have much screen time, but he was indeed my favorite in the movie. He stole the scene when he was portraying Mr. Wolf. The acting was overall, pretty good. Merryl Streep was exceptionally great. She’s always good in anything she is in so I can now skip over talking about her as an actress.
While Into The Woods may not be the best movie of the year, it keeps us entertained and has you humming the songs as you get done watching it. Director, Rob Marshall did a bang up job with this adaptation of Into The Woods.
Overall, Into The Woods is exciting, fun, has great songs, and can be enjoyed by the whole family. This is definitely something you want to check out if you are in the mood for a nice, happy movie.
Grade= B (Good)