Never stay from the path and be careful what you wish for when you venture Into the Woods!
The fairy characters in this movie do not listen to this sage advice, as their paths cross, choices
are made, resulting in their lives never being the same again!
Release Date: Wednesday December 25, 2014.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.
Director: Rob Marshal.
Running Time: 2 hours; 5 minutes.
Genre(s): Musical Drama.
Rating: PG – Parents there are a few minor things to look out for, but not too much to worry
What is Into The Woods About?
It is a clash of the fairy tale titans when characters from various different stories cross paths
while they all venture, well, into the woods! A baker and his wife need to find items to appease
a witch to start a family, Red Riding hood wants to visit her Granny, Jack from Jack and the
Beanstalk has to sell his best friend, the family cow, Rapunzel wants to see what is outside of
her doorless home, and an indecisive Cinderella does not know whether she should leave what
she knows with her wicked step-mother and sisters for a chance to be with Prince Charming.
Their stories intertwine, as their paths cross, decisions are made, wishes are granted and
happily ever afters are experienced. But then what happens next? Is there really such a thing as
happily ever after?
What Should Parents Look Out For In Into The Woods?
Violence – There were a few scenes of violence, a few hits from a mother to their child on the
head (I felt bad about those), a bit of fighting, and a death or two (I can’t say who), but that is
just about it for this film!
Adult Behaviour – There are a few kissing scenes, but that’s really it.
Thrills and Chills – There are times that this movie does get a bit dark, but, as in most fairy tale
books, the sun does come out and brighten the scene.
What Did We Think About Into The Woods?
Overall, it was a good film. I was instantly whisked away into this fairy tale world full of fun and
interesting characters from story books that I owned when I was a child and those that my
children now own. The big difference is that their stories and lives were forever changed when
they had to go through the woods to achieve some goal. It was fun to see how these characters
interacted with each other, and how these chance meetings in the woods eventually brought
about their wishes coming true. I also like that they did go beyond everyone getting what they
wanted, showing that there are consequences to their actions, both verbal and physical.
There was nothing ugly about watching this film. The sets, the make-up and the costumes were
really lovely to look at! Even though, in the back of your mind, you knew that this film was shot
on a film set, The Woods, the only constant character in this film, looked happy when the scene
called for happiness, and dark and creepy when sinister acts were being committed. Meryl
Streep, even as a haggardly witch looked great, and Johnny Depp looked fabulous as the Big
Since I love musicals, this one was fun to watch! The songs were clever and well performed by
the cast. They helped to move the story along and to bring more to the characters than just
normal speaking would. I also was surprised when I saw some of the characters singing, as I
never would have thought that some of them could sing or would ever be in a musical (I will
touch more on this in a paragraph or two).
I loved Meryl Streep in this film! I was also happy to hear her sing in another musical. I think
that she did a much better job in this film than she did in Mama Mia! She was also one of the
more interesting characters in this movie because of the agenda she wanted to see through as
the evil witch with the baker and his wife. She was funny, captivating and was a joy to watch.
Emily Blunt also did a wonderful job as the Baker’s Wife in the film. She was sweet and kind at
times, and clever and devious at other times. She could sing, too (I have never heard her sing,
so it was a surprise for me), and she played very well off of all of the characters she came in
The biggest surprise of this film had to be Chris Pine! I knew he was going to be in this movie,
but I did not know that he was going to be as entertaining as he was in this film! When
audience members saw him on the screen as Prince Charming for the first time, we started
laughing! The make-up department went all out, and, I feel, that Pine played into his look for
the role! It was his eyebrows and hair that made me laugh out loud in my seat for a good two
minutes! Then his first song, “Agony,” a duet with Billy Magnussen, was funny, but fantastic! It
was probably one of my favourite songs on the movie’s soundtrack because of how it was
performed in the movie! Pine’s line, “I was brought up to be charming, not sincere” also made
me laugh because of its honesty in that part of the film.
There were a few negative aspects of the movie that I should share with you. The first one is
that, well, it felt as though it was a bit long. My friend and I felt that the film could have been
cut in a few places to make it more engaging and enjoyable. The negative aspect of this film is, I
guess the best way I can say it was that I was expecting more? I felt that some of the characters
were underutilized, while others were on the screen too long. I did not see the play 1987
theatrical production this film was based on, but it just felt as though there was something
amiss. You would think, with the big names they had lined up in this film, that it would have
been spectacular, but overall, it was a good film.
I rated Into The Woods a 3 out of 5!
This movie would be great for the holiday season, but it
was too long, and a certain something was just not there for me when so many great actors as
part of the cast.
For more information about Into The Woods, go to: http://movies.disney.com/into-the-woods
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