Crossover fairytales are currently very popular, but “Into the Woods”, the new film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway hit, is nothing like what you might expect.
Crossover fairytales are currently very popular, but “Into the Woods”, the new film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway hit, is nothing like what you might expect. The story, which came to Broadway in the 1980s and won the Tony award for best book (plot) for a musical, is thrilling, tragic, heartwarming, and hilarious, a rare yet incredible mix.
The emotional roller coaster of a film is carried by a great cast that will not disappoint, whether you are a fan of the musical or not. They include Meryl Streepe as The Witch, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, and James Corden as The Baker (alongside several other familiar faces).
Some things are left out for the film version, such as one character’s death, the character of the “Mysterious Man”, and several songs for time purposes. However, the plot is still gotten across within the movie, roughly two hours long.
Once particularly hilarious scene was the song “Agony”, featuring Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s princes. Moments like these lighten the mood of the overall film considerably, since the second half is so dark in contrast to the first.
The movie is rated PG. There is death, but not much violence or blood. The story isn’t for everyone, but I definitely recommend it for ages 7 and up. There is so much talent in the acting and singing with outstanding music to boot. It opens Christmas Day.