If you go Into the Woods today, be sure of a big surprise.
Disney have been known to create some truly great musical films, but sometimes they just fall short of being great.
Into the Woods was adapted from a Broadway Musical of the same name, which was inspired by the Grimm Fairy Tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and The Beanstalk and Rapunzel. It revolves around a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a witch. Ultimately, the characters are then forced to come to terms with the consequences of their actions.
It has an all star cast, including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.
Streep, who plays the Witch, showed just how great she is. She was extremely versatile and gave the Witch a more vulnerable, endearing side, which does make you question whether she truly is the bad guy.
Blunt (The Baker’s Wife) was the strongest performer by far, and I liked the way in which she would get all flustered around the Prince whenever he was near. She had an awkwardness that made her feel more three-dimensional than many of the other characters. Even though Corden was good at playing the bumbling Baker, and had a sensitivity that I connected with, he couldn’t quite keep up with the rest of the cast.
Johnny Depp had a fleeting part as the wolf, in which he was on screen for no longer than 20 minutes, and he wasn’t even used to his full potential.
The score is very reminiscent of Sweeney Todd as both were composed by Stephen Sondheim, however, I found the songs in this movie quite forgettable, and I would be unable to sing any of them now.
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