Into the Woods review

A wicked curse put on a baker’s family causes him and his wife to interact in four fairy tales simultaneously in Disney’s musical flick, Into the Woods.

James Corden and Emily Blunt star as the baking duo visited by the witch (Meryl Streep) that placed an enchantment on the family not allowing them to have children. They make a deal to end the spell if the two can obtain four magical items. One from Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) from Jack and the Beanstalk.

There are just dialogue scenes to help drive the story but the numerous songs also helps paint the direction of the film and insight on the inner feelings of characters. Certain performances such as Johnny Depp’s portrayal of The Wolf and the two princes singing together stand out, although for different reasons. Depp comes off as a sinister creature savouring the notion of eating a young girl and her grandma. The villains come across dark, while the heroes are a bit goofy even when trying to be dramatic.

Traditional values are sacrificed making the stories a bit fresher. Mostly the fairy tales follow their original paths with extra interaction from the bakers. The songs get intertwined with different characters giving a sense of them all connecting eventually. The music brings many emotions out of the characters, not always cheery or gleeful. Enjoyment in the flow of the music will give moviegoers their money’s worth.



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