Into the Woods

Into the Woods Review

Written by: James Lapine
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, James Corden, Emily Blunt

Synopsis: The wicked witch from the story Rapunzel visits The Baker & his Wife, telling them that she will lift the curse upon their house if they will gather 4 items in 3 days time. The couple, desperate for a child, head off into the woods to collect the items that will lift the curse that keeps them from conceiving.

Based on the Broadway play by James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim, with a star studded cast, comes Disney’s Into the Woods. The story is a mash up of fairy tales with a bit of a cheeky edge, though slightly tamer than the stage play (come on, it’s Disney).

Die hard fans of the stage version will be happy to know that the movie held true, with very little changed, save for a wolf sans a certain unsavory prop, and a single song cut for time. Though a few had reservations about Meryl Streep playing the role of The Wicked Witch, a role most notably held by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, Streep’s performance was exceptional.

In fact, the whole movie was perfectly cast for the big screen, with no single character unable to hold their own vocally; unlike a few other recent musicals made into big screen flicks which favored big names over musical talent.

All in all, I can honestly say I believe Into the Woods is one of the best stage to screen adaptations, and worth the price of admission. Opening Christmas Day.


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is a long time slave to the Silver Screen, and all around media junkie, with a strong interest in the study and archival of classic cinema reels, scripts, press releases and props. A professional artist, dabbling in prop fabrication, costuming, and practical effects makeup in her spare time. She credits much of her artistic inspiration to her life long love of movies, and holds a special adoration for stop motion animation, film noir, and classic B movies. She writes a movie editorial blog called Sleepless Cinema, sharing her candid view on all media, new and old. Insomniac and cinephile, coffee swiller and media collector, has silver screen scream queen dreams, and she lives her life in technicolor. "While the world sleeps, I watch". - Ruby LeRouge

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