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  • Summary: Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), LittleInto the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. [Walt Disney Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 24, 2014
    90
    Into the Woods, the splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, infuses new vitality into the tired marketing concept of entertainment for “children of all ages.” That usually translates to mean only children and their doting parents. But with Into the Woods, you grow up with the characters, young and old, in a lifelong process of self-discovery.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 27, 2014
    83
    The big star with the most unexpected chops, though, is Chris Pine, who runs with his Prince Charming role and, along with Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, contributes the movie's best musical moment with the duet "Agony."
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 17, 2014
    80
    This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 17, 2014
    75
    Another example of concept over coherence, but the entertainment value is considerable.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 24, 2014
    63
    Yes, the sets and costumes elicit swoons, but it's the peerless Sondheim score, however truncated, that makes this Woods a prime destination.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Dec 19, 2014
    63
    This PG-rated romp is, refreshingly, less notable for its happily-ever-afters than its oh-no-they-didn'ts.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 22, 2014
    40
    As strong as that cast and those visuals are, however, they don't quite add up enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after for moviegoers looking for a memorable in-theater experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 100
  2. Negative: 33 out of 100
  1. Dec 27, 2014
    10
    This is one of the most captivating and affecting film adaptations of a stage musical I've seen! As a word of caution, do NOT presume thatThis is one of the most captivating and affecting film adaptations of a stage musical I've seen! As a word of caution, do NOT presume that because the plot is based upon "interwoven fairy tales" this is intended to be a feel-good kids' movie. Acquaint yourself with the (excellent) 3-hour Sondheim musical and you'll soon realize that the aim of this story is to explore what occurs *beyond* the happy endings. The events of the second half are dark, yes; but the overall message is hopeful (listen to the words of the movie's final two songs). Certain changes and omissions were necessary to get the film version down to a palatable running length, and huge fans of the stage musical may be put off by some of these. Personally, though, I feel that they were appropriate given the totally different demands of each medium. I was blown away by the performances and the amazing vocal talents of the cast as a whole. The actors pulled off those notoriously intricate Sondheim arrangements beautifully -- and there are many moments of humor to lighten the mood. In particular, Chris Pine as the "charming-not-sincere" prince gave an especially funny, tongue-in-cheek performance. This movie is a reflection of life itself with a magical fairy tale twist: colorful, touching, energetic, humorous, sad, ultimately uplifting and so very, very well done. Expand
  2. Dec 26, 2014
    9
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  3. Jan 7, 2015
    8
    I don't usually give straight "A" reviews to musicals, I enjoy them and I appreciate the hard work but never fall in love with them, indeed, II don't usually give straight "A" reviews to musicals, I enjoy them and I appreciate the hard work but never fall in love with them, indeed, I didn't fall into one since "Chicago", I enjoyed "Into the Woods" and I appreciated all the hard work, but most of all, I fell in love with it. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2015
    6
    The first half of the film is AMAZING! The probably then becomes the second half... You literally feel like the film is 5 hours its so boring.The first half of the film is AMAZING! The probably then becomes the second half... You literally feel like the film is 5 hours its so boring. I recommend seeing this film just because Meryl Streep plays the Witch so well. But you may want a sleeping bag for the second half. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2015
    5
    I thought I was the musicals loving kind but turns out I'm not. I could barely sit through Les Misérables and the only reason I sat throughI thought I was the musicals loving kind but turns out I'm not. I could barely sit through Les Misérables and the only reason I sat through Into The Woods was its comedic aspects. It was almost a parody at times, they didn't seem to be taking themselves too seriously, so it was funny. Not laughing out loud funny but it put a smile on my face.

    There is a wonderful combination of all the famous fairy-tales in one story. They've incorporated the drama, the comedy of these tales, and obviously added a music into the new story. They've humanized our fairy tales characters, adding a little more edge to them, making the story is somewhat interesting but not enough for me to be invested in it.

    Although the singing was good - I'm talking quality here - I wasn't
    blown away by the songs, I didn't once want to sing along and I can't remember a particular song I like, except maybe the Merryl Streep one from the trailer.

    It's a nice ensemble of a cast, they've picked the right people for the right roles. Depp is right in his wheelhouse but he's not on long enough to be annoying. Streep struggled to get me on board with her character but by the end I was in. James Corden & Emily Blunt are a lovely pair, they were great together and Blunt really impressed me - mostly because her and musicals, I mean singing, didn't ring true - she was good and really stood out for me. One last thing about the cast, I liked Pines in the movie ONLY because he delivered my favorite quote from the film "I was praised to be charming, not sincere."

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  6. Jan 9, 2015
    3
    Into the Woods is better than other musicals I've seen, which isn't saying much. Rob Marshall failed to connect the characters to one anotherInto the Woods is better than other musicals I've seen, which isn't saying much. Rob Marshall failed to connect the characters to one another and they all seemed separated. The movie ended at the 75 minute mark and then became an awful drag for the last 30 minutes. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2015
    0
    Simplesmente o pior filme da Disney!Simplesmente o pior filme da Disney! Impossivel de ver, confuso e sem ligaçao entre as cenas. Expand

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