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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
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  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: 45 out of 87
  2. Negative: 29 out of 87
  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
    This movie of Stephen Sondheim's musical mashes up the plots and characters from several fairy tales into a wonderfully amusing and darkThis movie of Stephen Sondheim's musical mashes up the plots and characters from several fairy tales into a wonderfully amusing and dark entertainment (although a little more Disneyfied and less dark than the original). The cast is in great voice, but their performances (and the ability to clearly hear the brilliantly clever lyrics) make it a delight. Meryl Streep brings her authenticity to nuanced and touching brilliance as the Witch and Chris Pine's arrogant prince reveals his comic charms better than "Horrible Bosses 2" does. Director Rob Marshall successfully shortened it. He keeps it grounded in the humor and humanity, without resorting to dazzling cinematic tricks. Lovers of the stage show will be pleased with this spirited and smart adaptation. Note to parents: even though it's not lascivious or violent, this is not a typical fairy tale family film. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2015
    8
    Into the Woods is an interesting film. It does what many other fairy tales never even think off. It does not have a happy ending but that'sInto the Woods is an interesting film. It does what many other fairy tales never even think off. It does not have a happy ending but that's because it is not suppose to have a happy ending. The theme of the film is hope even in the darkest time. Sure some of the characters are killed off awkwardly and the tone is uneven but the acting especially by Meryl Streep is incredible and the soundtrack is awesome. Overall this film soars. Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2014
    6
    It was... an interesting movie. I'm not sure how close the movie stayed to the play, so perhaps the play is more to blame than anything, butIt was... an interesting movie. I'm not sure how close the movie stayed to the play, so perhaps the play is more to blame than anything, but overall the movie just felt jumpy and a bit bi-polar. The characters go through very wild and rapid mood swings, which might work better in a play where there are very obvious breaks, but in a movie it just felt weird.

    The Actors were great though. If it were not for them, this movie would have just been a disaster. Fortunately, they added life and color to characters that could otherwise come across as very dull, and their singing was exceptional, which is not something every musical movie can manage to accomplish.

    I'd recommend this to fans of Meryl Streep, because she carried the entire production by herself, but the rest can wait to see it on Netflix or catch it on TV sometime. It's too jumbled to feel like I could recommend it for the casual movie-goer.
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  5. Dec 29, 2014
    5
    From Broadway to the Silver Screen: Why can't some musicals make the leap?

    I adore the live musical that this movie is based on. I've
    From Broadway to the Silver Screen: Why can't some musicals make the leap?

    I adore the live musical that this movie is based on. I've watched the taped production on Netflix and even own the amazing recording from the original cast.

    The Movie? A good attempt at bringing a modern tongue-in-cheek to a contemporary audience. Each of the characters worked in their own parts... but a couple choices seemed to cause this film to feel...off.

    The biggest culprit is the pacing. It just goes and goes and goes. One of my favorite lines, "You can talk to birds?" Fell completely flat because it felt like every single line tried to usurp the last. Behold the power of the pause, the power of silence. You won't get a lot of that in this film.

    Some characters suffered. The singing was fantastic, I mean, Meryl doesn't disappoint per usual. Sadly the weakest performers for me were Depp and Kendrick. The wolf was too much a cartoon in this otherwise life-like world. And Cinderella, well, her stoic disposition is only betrayed by the occasional smile or tear. Again powerful voice, but if not for the metaphorical botox in her face she would have made for a great character.

    Finally, for such a budget and such an effort the number of close shots in this were staggering. Only once every 30 minutes or so were you treated to an establishing shot, such as at the end of the Princes' duet, "Agony". Just like Les Mis, I fear there was too much focus on the expressions of the people and not enough of letting the scene tell the story.

    All in all, a good try, but I'm thinking I might skip this one for my collection. At least the movie. The soundtrack is definitely worth a look.
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  6. Dec 26, 2014
    3
    When Bernadette Peters was not cast as the witch, that should have been my first clue. The actors fall flat. Two many pivotal scenes are leftWhen Bernadette Peters was not cast as the witch, that should have been my first clue. The actors fall flat. Two many pivotal scenes are left out - especially in Act 2. If you have not scene the stage version video you may be okay. Purists will have a problem with it. A big let down. 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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