Cert: PG Runtime: 125 mins Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Daniel Huttelstone, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford and Johnny Depp
You’ve changed. You’re daring. You’re different in the woods
Stephen Sondheim is a musical genius but I never thought Into The Woods would be a Disney film. Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd adaption was great, but I severely have doubts of how Into The Woods would work. I’ve never rated Rob Marshall even if he made an Oscar winning movie. So what is Into The Woods about? A childless baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) who placed a curse on their family. On their colourful journey, they encounter the likes of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and the big bad wolf (Johnny Depp)!
Into The Woods was full of personality and interesting characters that kept me watching throughout its course. As well as being able to actually link all of the characters together in interesting ways. The film had an easy time keeping the mood light and charming, just as well as it did making it dark and dank. The storytelling and how it comes all around together in the end was one of the best points that this movie contained.Being the fact that it was a musical, I would expect the music to be more. But as I was watching the movie, I found that a lot of the music and dialogue was rather annoying. The music was fairly disappointing. There were problems with the plot, where it felt rather simplistic or lazy at times. Throwing a dilemma into the fray, then immediately solving the problem within a thirty second window. Into The Woods had moments where it not only felt simple, it almost felt random. I kept finding myself full of a strange sense that really, stuff was just sort of happening. I did loose my patience at some points.
The acting is notable also. James Corden is finally given his big break after he bursts in his role in Begin Again. He is pushed to his limits acting and singing, but even so he is able to excel in both. Meanwhile Meryl Streep surprises us again, you’d think we’d be used to it after 18 Oscar nominations. Streep actually plays her first witch in Into the Woods, and wow she has some pipes,she showers us with an outstanding voice and performance. As for Emily Blunt, she also shines by being one of the few that takes her role seriously, unlike Chris Pine who sought to survive his role through humor. Anna Kendrick was a great Cinderella her singing was on par, but I bought her. Johnny Depp was awful, for me to say this is bad. He can’t sing to start off (Sweeny Todd worked better for him). It felt like he turned up on set and just winged it.As a movie, Into The Woods falls short of what I would’ve liked to have expected. It’s a piece that I don’t completely regret seeing, but would most likely not see again. As a musical however, Into The Woods seems like it would’ve been performed better on stage, rather than the big screen. Into The Woods is better in the musical prospective, rather than it is in the movie prospective.