Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Release Date: December 25, 2014
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slayde11Dec 27, 2014
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 that because the plot is based upon "interwoven fairy tales" this is intended to be a feel-good kids' movie.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 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
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Movi3R3vi3werDec 31, 2014
I walked up excited and came out disappointed. While the performances from the actors and singing was good. Everything else just seemed out of place from the pacing, to the story and to the running time. This movie kept going and going andI walked up excited and came out disappointed. While the performances from the actors and singing was good. Everything else just seemed out of place from the pacing, to the story and to the running time. This movie kept going and going and going and going and going until it finally ended. Expand
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vikesh2206Mar 19, 2015
Fairy tales crossover 'Into the Woods' works for around 2/3 of it's running time as a well acted, funny, melodic musical before taking a jarring tonal twist in the final act which felt like a whole different movie.
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AaronMJan 6, 2015
This movie was almost amazing! The first 2/3 of the movie were almost perfect, then it drags on to tie up a couple of loose plot holes that were unnecessary. This movie could have been a funny, delightful, and refreshing take on fairy tales,This movie was almost amazing! The first 2/3 of the movie were almost perfect, then it drags on to tie up a couple of loose plot holes that were unnecessary. This movie could have been a funny, delightful, and refreshing take on fairy tales, but it loses it steam and everything that could have made it great. With so many new releases around the holiday, there are better movies to invest your time with. Expand
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soccerjess21Feb 14, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The movie Into the Woods was not horrible, but not one of the best movies I've seen in my life. The story is both bland and dark. Giving the story book characters a bit of a twist from the original story. The movie was definitely not what I had expected. I am surprised by the director's and the writer's creative integrity in the original story, but I being a favorite of the original story I prefer the original story over this one. The characters acting wasn't bad. It shows not oly the good in the character but also a darker side to them. The prince being self-centered and the other characters having a darker and self-centered side was a huge twist in the story. I honestly liked the story being original but didn't like the ending or the way the characters were written. Storybook characters are written to inspire people to do the impossible and over come all odds but the whole prince cheating on Cinderella thing wasn't something that should be taught to younger kids. Overall I give the movie a 5. The story is original, bland, and changes the original story completely. Expand
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HonestReviews9Feb 18, 2015
i loved the whole cast and their singing potential but that was about it. the first hour and a half was unnecessary and boring. the last twenty minutes was literally the whole movie. i would have appreciated the movie more if they had actorsi loved the whole cast and their singing potential but that was about it. the first hour and a half was unnecessary and boring. the last twenty minutes was literally the whole movie. i would have appreciated the movie more if they had actors playing multiple roles to express the duality of characters but without that it lost the artistic value of the original performance. i was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. Expand
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ClariseSamuelsJun 21, 2015
In December 1987, I saw Into the Woods on Broadway with Bernadette Peters. The musical had just opened the month before, and it was charming, original, and entertaining. Translating the musical and stage format to the screen expands theIn December 1987, I saw Into the Woods on Broadway with Bernadette Peters. The musical had just opened the month before, and it was charming, original, and entertaining. Translating the musical and stage format to the screen expands the spatial representation to the world of reality, or pseudo-reality, given that the story is a fairy tale, and that expansion is problematic for it dilutes the concentrated power of the original format.

The most innovative aspect of the original effort was the clever intertwining of several prominent fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. A baker (James Corden) and his young wife (Emily Blunt), who cannot conceive, live next door to a nasty, old lady (Meryl Streep), who looks exactly like a witch and turns out to be a real one—she has a vegetable garden that grows magic beans, and she cursed the couple long ago when the baker’s father stole some of the beans from her. In order to lift the curse, the couple has to provide the witch with a milky-white cow, a golden slipper, a red cape, and corn-yellow hair in three days before midnight. In the meantime, the old witch visits her adopted daughter, who has very long hair and lives in a tower. That would be Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy). The magic beans, of course, grow a giant stalk that is climbed by a young boy named Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), and the kingdom is ruled by a handsome prince (Chris Pine) who is seeking a wife and who meets a young woman named Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) at the ball. The woods of the small kingdom contain wolves and a hut occupied by a grandmother—a little girl visits granny wearing a red cape with a hood (Lilla Crawford).

As per the original story, there are dilemmas and scenarios that would have shocked the Grimm Brothers. For example, the baker’s wife has a one-night stand with Prince Charming, and that takes place after he has had his happily-ever-after wedding with Cinderella. And Cinderella is very frustrated about life with the prince because everything is too perfect. The witch is actually just an overprotective mother who can’t accept that her daughter’s childhood has ended. They all come together in the last act to fight a common foe, which is a giant who has descended by way of the stalk and wants revenge upon little Jack for stealing from her and accidentally killing her husband.

Live theatre creates its own microcosmic reality; thus, the stage version is not as jarring when the characters are constantly breaking out into song. Generally speaking, in a musical stage production the singing is well integrated. On film, the integration of the singing has to be more nuanced, and it is very difficult to achieve just the right timing in a film setting that appears to occupy a realistic landscape. There is a constant air of “I feel a song coming on...” that can weary the audience.

Streep makes for a good witch, albeit maybe a bit too exaggerated if one is to believe she is also a loving mother. Blunt has the strongest role as the baker’s wife. All the actors seem to be desperately seeking their character, including Anna Kendrick as a petite, brunette Cinderella, a description which doesn’t quite fit the profile. (Blunt’s plaintive line, “I’m in the wrong story,” strikes a chord in more ways than one.) The two princes, Cinderella’s prince and Rapunzel’s prince (Billy Magnussen) are as handsome as princes can be, but they are overly fickle and shallow. If the reasons behind their fickleness are complex, that complexity is never explored. And the film is overly long.

Although the visual representation of the fairy-tale kingdom is brilliantly magical, if not positively supernatural, it is not clear that this is the fairy-tale version that the children want to see. The Broadway version was more openly cynical, and it was also strictly for grown-ups.
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NShep53Apr 12, 2015
Into the Woods definitely has it's flaws, mostly due to pacing, but overall, the movie's performances (especially Streep, Corden, and Blunt) make this a solid movie from Disney.
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royphishoohJan 26, 2015
Fairly entertaining, with some good performances apart from Anna Kendrick's Cinderella - I have no idea how this actress got this part as she cannot hold down a tune. As review Devax2 noted the film is much too long and loses its charm wayFairly entertaining, with some good performances apart from Anna Kendrick's Cinderella - I have no idea how this actress got this part as she cannot hold down a tune. As review Devax2 noted the film is much too long and loses its charm way before the end. Expand
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pruzFeb 8, 2015
Into the Woods was great until the end. I get it that everyone wants their work to be different, but the end made no sense really. The character changes toward the end were along the lines of immaculate conception--it would not have happenedInto the Woods was great until the end. I get it that everyone wants their work to be different, but the end made no sense really. The character changes toward the end were along the lines of immaculate conception--it would not have happened naturally. Great movie for people with low IQs. If curious, rent it. Although the acting was great, it is not worth the cost of a movie ticket. Expand
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dougfarreFeb 9, 2015
Wobbly plot, confusing morals, and 30 minutes too long. Will leave you and your child with a headache. Every song sounds the same. Would not recommend.
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Armin_AbbasiMar 22, 2015
Into the Woods mixes all the favorite stories to make a boring sophisticated musical film. Watching the movie, there are times when you WISH it to come to an end which finally becomes granted after a two-hour endurance.
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descontenteMar 2, 2015
Simplesmente o pior filme da Disney! Impossivel de ver, confuso e sem ligaçao entre as cenas.
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muddfootJan 25, 2015
This move is so impossibly terrible that I felt compelled to join this website in the hopes of saving others from wasting their money and two hours of their lives. It just refused to end! Entirely awful. Didn't Depp think his song sounded aThis move is so impossibly terrible that I felt compelled to join this website in the hopes of saving others from wasting their money and two hours of their lives. It just refused to end! Entirely awful. Didn't Depp think his song sounded a bit pedophile-ish? Go see anything else. Go to the thesaurus and look up the word "bad." This movie is all of those words. Expand
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Sebe2012Feb 23, 2015
Yet another badly written and poorly acted film ( yes even merryl Streep ) such film should have never occupied the award season. The film keeps going when you think " thank God it's ended" , for further 25 min with a speed of a snail. TheYet another badly written and poorly acted film ( yes even merryl Streep ) such film should have never occupied the award season. The film keeps going when you think " thank God it's ended" , for further 25 min with a speed of a snail. The last giant women storyline was totally unnecessary.No kids or adults in the audience were laughing. I guess it says it all. Expand
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adammwilsonJan 20, 2015
This movie was a massive disappointment. I went with three other people and none of us liked it. The songs were okay. None were particularly memorable except for the humorous song with the princes. It was way too long of a movie. The lastThis movie was a massive disappointment. I went with three other people and none of us liked it. The songs were okay. None were particularly memorable except for the humorous song with the princes. It was way too long of a movie. The last half hour of the movie was terrible (after the wedding). It consisted of things happening with no reason or explanation, no emotion shown by any of the characters, a BS line of morality drawn by multiple characters about how decisions don't matter and there is no wrong or right. That is a dangerous message to send to kids in my humble opinion. I am fine with no happy ending but this movie creates an unhappy reason simply just to say it did and that happy endings don't exist. Meanwhile, the acting was stale and boring. James Marsden was the closest to a decent character. The rest simply lacked a soul. I have no clue how this movie has so many positive reviews. A brilliant musical is Les Mis, this on the other hand was forgettable drivel. Expand
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RegularGuyRevuJan 25, 2015
Worst. Movie. Ever. To say that it crawled is an understatement. My 11-year-old daughter mentioned that she thought it should have ended about 4 times. I wish it had never started. Absolutely TERRIBLE.
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thetaboosunJan 27, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am not going to say this was the worst movie I have ever seen, because at no point was I compelled to walk out on it. However, I am going to have to negate most of the posts praising the cast for good acting. I do not think it is necessarily her fault (I blame the director), but Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood was unbearable to watch. She appeared as a soulless singing robot - like a jukebox with legs. Then again, so did many of the characters. Meryl Streep's performance was missing something. I have seen community theatre performances with a more lively and captivating witch. That being said, the movie missed the opportunity to make Prince Charming and the Wolf the same person, which I have seen a number of times on stage, which adds a layer of complexity. Instead they threw a dumptruck full of money at Johnny Depp for a three minute scene prominently featured in the preview to get unsuspecting movie goers into the chairs. James Corden was by far the most interesting person to watch in this movie and Tracy Ullman as Jack's Mother was fun. If you have seen Into the Woods on stage, you will be disappointed. If you are not a die hard fan of musicals, you will be disappointed. If you ARE a die hard fan of musicals, but somehow missed Into the Woods, you will still be disappointed. Go watch a bunch of nobodies do this on stage, and I can almost guarantee it will be more captivating. Expand
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spizzellDec 27, 2014
I went into the movie with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. This movie was really good. Emily Blunt, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, and Anna Kendrick were all fantastic. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Please knowI went into the movie with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. This movie was really good. Emily Blunt, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, and Anna Kendrick were all fantastic. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Please know going into the movie that it is a musical and that it does have a dark side to it during the second half. But, if you love movie musicals you will love this!!! Expand
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jeyden1956Jan 1, 2015
Very disappointing. My 10 year old grandson wanted to leave about half way through the movie along with the two other family members. I was actually ready to leave before then but I could only think of the $40 I so willingly handed over toVery disappointing. My 10 year old grandson wanted to leave about half way through the movie along with the two other family members. I was actually ready to leave before then but I could only think of the $40 I so willingly handed over to treat my son and his family (failed miserably). It was the first time I've ever gone to the movies and actually wanted to ask for a refund. It was painful but we sat through it in hopes that it would get better because we didn't think it could possibly get any worse. Watching Depp and Streep was clearly the highlight. They are brilliant actors and the only saving grace for this waste of my time. Expand
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la_chicaJan 9, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I gave 3 to this movie only because the place and the costumes and effects are great! And the witch is the only enjoyable part, even if this was the most hated character in the movie. Meryl does an incredible job and she almost saved the movie from being a total disaster. First if you are going to destroy our childhood fairy tales, make it for an adult audience with good sarcasm, not super cheesy comedy that was so random it was confusing. It was like the directors/producers were mocking themselves! This movie sucks let's make fun of it! The songs were soooooooooo long I had to close my eyes at times. I don't know why they have to bring a British accent to make it more appealing, but yeah even that got annoying. The end was terrible, it dragged on forever. I saw a person looking at their cell to see when it was over as I was too. They really ruined a great opportunity to make a great movie because again the effects and the woods are incredible, but the plot super boring. Good singing but again not even the angelical voices can make me watch this one more time! Expand
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moviefanatic123Jan 27, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie had great actors. If it had ended when they were all happy it would have been great. But it wouldn't end. Crappy ending. It just wouldn't end...and then it got worse and worse. What a disappointment. Waste of time and money. I can't express how disappointed I was by the storyline, sexual content, and length of the movie. Expand
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nauticoDec 27, 2014
Although I really enjoyed the first two-thirds or so of this innovative fairy tale merger, I found it went on much too long, with the result that the novelty finally wore off. I also found the music sing-song and void of a single hummableAlthough I really enjoyed the first two-thirds or so of this innovative fairy tale merger, I found it went on much too long, with the result that the novelty finally wore off. I also found the music sing-song and void of a single hummable melody. All of that said, Streep was her usual peerless presence. Expand
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jbl123Jan 1, 2015
Much too long. Lousy music. Couldn't care less about the characters or what happens to them. The visuals and scenery were the only good thing about it. Also, Meryl Streep does a decent job as the witch. Wait 'til this one comes to Netflix.
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wadewilliamsJan 22, 2015
shoe rhymes with blue rhymes with who rhymes with knew (or new)---that about wraps up the songwriting abilities of the composers. The story is haphazard, the character development is non-existent. I couldn't wait for it to end. I lovedshoe rhymes with blue rhymes with who rhymes with knew (or new)---that about wraps up the songwriting abilities of the composers. The story is haphazard, the character development is non-existent. I couldn't wait for it to end. I loved Maleficent---I loathed this one. Expand
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acarmattDec 26, 2014
Cue the negative reviews from people who don't take the time to actually find out what the movie they are going to see is about. Yes, it's a musical. Giving it a negative review solely on the basis of it being a musical is ridiculous.
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kinoralphJan 21, 2015
So boring. A mash up of fairy tales and songs. This is terrible but johnny Depp is beyond bad. He is impersonating a wolf or a pedophile or maybe a wolf- pedophile?
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crai3gDec 27, 2014
Can you say way too long. Grandmother, wife, daughter and 4 year all were not impressed. Too many verses of "into the woods", long drawn out story lines and nothing that inspiring to connect with any of the characters. The scenery andCan you say way too long. Grandmother, wife, daughter and 4 year all were not impressed. Too many verses of "into the woods", long drawn out story lines and nothing that inspiring to connect with any of the characters. The scenery and special effects were OK Expand
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InsomniackerJan 1, 2015
A musical turd. How'd they manage to make the Grimm Brothers boring? Plot contrivances galore and the obligatory interruption of story momentum for musical numbers that tell you how a character feels. Mashing up several fairy tales is aA musical turd. How'd they manage to make the Grimm Brothers boring? Plot contrivances galore and the obligatory interruption of story momentum for musical numbers that tell you how a character feels. Mashing up several fairy tales is a conceit, not a story. Expand
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sc0TTiJan 5, 2015
Mindless, aimless, plot points and inane moralizing songs strewn together at random, for what seemed like 4 hours. One of the stupidest movies I've seen in years. Please don't waste your time.
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csw12Jan 9, 2015
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 another and they all seemed separated. The movie ended at the 75 minute mark and then became an awful dragInto 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
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BrianMcCriticDec 25, 2014
For the most part I really enjoyed the interweaving of these classic stories. All the performances are good and the singing is fantastic. Then the film ends so you think, but there turns out to be about 30 minutes more 30 minutes thatFor the most part I really enjoyed the interweaving of these classic stories. All the performances are good and the singing is fantastic. Then the film ends so you think, but there turns out to be about 30 minutes more 30 minutes that doesn't really work for me. Overall though I was entertained and would recommend at least for the performances. B Expand
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daschnakeDec 26, 2014
As a preface to my analysis I would like to say: if you are a parent looking for a good family film that you'll all enjoy, take caution before going to see "Into the Woods." It's not that there's anything particularly inappropriate, butAs a preface to my analysis I would like to say: if you are a parent looking for a good family film that you'll all enjoy, take caution before going to see "Into the Woods." It's not that there's anything particularly inappropriate, but rather that "Woods" is a complex musical for adults. This is why the "Junior" version of the stage musical (intended for younger audiences) ends after the first act. I believe it is pretty deceptive how they've marketed this film. Unless you have some pretty smart kids, do them a favor and save it for them for when they're older.

The film version of this staple of American theatre is a bit of a mixed bag. The first "act" of the movie is handled with pretty seamless precision (the only exception being my personal distaste for the direction they take the Wolf in). The performers are outstanding (Emily Blunt and James Corden are really special as the Baker and his Wife), the cinematography is beautiful, and the vocals are palpable.

Unfortunately, the second half manages to be unsatisfactory for most, for completely different reasons. Those seeking a light, easily digestible fairy tale will feel put off by the dark turn the second half takes. On the flip side, purists of the musical will be frustrated by some pretty glaring omissions (notably "No More" and the extreme truncation of the first reprise of "Children will Listen") that water down the dramatic impact of the movie.

If you're interested in being intellectually challenged and you aren't a fan of the stage musical, "Into the Woods" is certainly worth watching. If you aren't, this probably isn't a movie for you. If you're a fan of the musical, prepare for some frustrating changes. However, it's still worth watching, if for no other reason than seeing Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen do "Agony." Seriously. It's that good.
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Brent_MarchantDec 28, 2014
This generally fun romp features a nicely stylized production, ample wit and laughs, and capable performances, both musically and verbally. The material admittedly drags a bit in the last 45 minutes, becoming somewhat tedious at times, but aThis generally fun romp features a nicely stylized production, ample wit and laughs, and capable performances, both musically and verbally. The material admittedly drags a bit in the last 45 minutes, becoming somewhat tedious at times, but a strong first half makes this a surprisingly enjoyable time at the movies. Expand
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JustlegosDec 26, 2014
First of all, I would recommend this movie only if you enjoy musicals, charm, and sudden mood swings. If you can accept that, I'd strongly suggest seeing this movie. The film opens up with a catchy, bright performance of "Into the Woods."First of all, I would recommend this movie only if you enjoy musicals, charm, and sudden mood swings. If you can accept that, I'd strongly suggest seeing this movie. The film opens up with a catchy, bright performance of "Into the Woods."

However, the film, just like the musical, begins to fail with the second act. Characters clash with their personalities, betray their beliefs, and die. The second act moves slow and feels like a whole different film. Just like the musical, it ended with me wanting more resolution.

The final song is incredible, with me near tears. I loved Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep's performances... and the song "Agony" is a great laugh.

If you consider yourself a musical fan, or a music geek in general, I'd definitely recommend this film. If you aren't, I can recommend this film, but be weary as it may not suit your tastes.
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BikerjamesJan 6, 2015
The cast of Into The Woods is very enthusiastic, and that is what carries the film. All the actors carry off the singing with no problems but make no mistake, the star is Meryl Streep. The best part of the entire movie for me was Meryl'sThe cast of Into The Woods is very enthusiastic, and that is what carries the film. All the actors carry off the singing with no problems but make no mistake, the star is Meryl Streep. The best part of the entire movie for me was Meryl's performance towards the beginning of the film when she sang to the couple indoors. The word play was terrific. I also have always liked the song "Children Will Listen", especially the version Barbra Streisand does on one of her CDs. The rest of the songs, however, were not very catchy or memorable, and that is the one issue I had with the film. Some of these songs might translate better live on a stage. Chris Pine was also a standout for me, and he has an excellent singing voice. I like Emily Blunt in everything she does. The few children that were in the theater were antsy and fidgety, although there were moments when they were quiet and paid attention, particularly when Meryl Streep was on the screen. The film's look (sets, costumes and makeup) is stellar. If the songs were better I would rank it higher. Expand
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alecvl08Jan 2, 2015
This movical has a stellar first act, but loses its drive after the first hour. The music is absolutely extraordinary, and there is moment after sweet musical moment throughout the movie. The singers bring the voices, but the pacing is unevenThis movical has a stellar first act, but loses its drive after the first hour. The music is absolutely extraordinary, and there is moment after sweet musical moment throughout the movie. The singers bring the voices, but the pacing is uneven and the film loses its muster after the first half is finished. The first act is filled with constant singing, but towards the end the movie seems to want to rely more on dialogue and therefore begins to bore the heck out of the audience. Good overall, though. Expand
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WheelzFourReelzJan 3, 2015
The first two thirds of Into the Woods are chocked full of great songs, memorable characters, and a beautiful world with a really captivating story. The final third of the film, however, is executed in a sloppy way, making the entire movieThe first two thirds of Into the Woods are chocked full of great songs, memorable characters, and a beautiful world with a really captivating story. The final third of the film, however, is executed in a sloppy way, making the entire movie feel disjointed, tainting an otherwise great film. Expand
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PistonHondaJan 3, 2015
OH MY GOD, THIS FILM IS BASED ON A MUSICAL.
BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IT BEFORE I WENT TO SEE IT.
Cue automatic score of 0. Seriously, people. This film is not bad for what it is - a faithful adaptation of one of the most interesting stage
OH MY GOD, THIS FILM IS BASED ON A MUSICAL.
BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IT BEFORE I WENT TO SEE IT.
Cue automatic score of 0.
Seriously, people. This film is not bad for what it is - a faithful adaptation of one of the most interesting stage performances in recent history.
Yes, it is 90%+ music and
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ajarias96Jan 8, 2015
Into the Woods is just as you would see it on Broadway. The songs are catchy, the morales still stick, but the run-time is a little long. Incredible performances by Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep carry the film to be much betterInto the Woods is just as you would see it on Broadway. The songs are catchy, the morales still stick, but the run-time is a little long. Incredible performances by Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep carry the film to be much better than it would be. The scenes with the Wolf and Little Red do come off a bit awkward, due to the casting of the latter, but overall the film is one I would recommend if you enjoy musicals of course. Expand
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Ansatsu83Jan 3, 2015
This film tried to tie four classic series together with a story that no one had heard. It tried to tie Little red riding hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and jack in the bean stalk, together... but... only 10 minutes of The Little Red Riding HoodThis film tried to tie four classic series together with a story that no one had heard. It tried to tie Little red riding hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and jack in the bean stalk, together... but... only 10 minutes of The Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel were really shown, the rest is trying to tie in both Cinderella and Jack in the Beanstalk, while the little red riding hood and Cinderella are kept in the background with minor roles. The film is a musical... these can be good to a certain point... however two hours in and you will be wishing and praying for spoken dialogue instead of singing. The film cast quite a few b-list actors and Johnny Depp as the big bad wolf (only a-list actor in the movie). The film obviously had an incredibly high animation budget but an incredibly low casting budget... with the exception of Depp. This having been said, Depp played the big bad wolf, his entire performance lasting less than 10 minutes. With a massive animation budget they could have easily created an animated wolf and cut the middle man, saving their budget, which leads me to believe they only had enough money for him to briefly appear. All in all I would recommend you watch it on netflix.... or not at all... and save your money. Expand
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nicholasbertJan 19, 2015
This bungled mash-up of fairy-tales has some interesting insights - Prince Charming is not so charming at all, for instance, and Cinderella's step-sisters get what they deserve in the original way - but it's just so messy and accompanied byThis bungled mash-up of fairy-tales has some interesting insights - Prince Charming is not so charming at all, for instance, and Cinderella's step-sisters get what they deserve in the original way - but it's just so messy and accompanied by such poor acting performances that in the end it results to be almost unbearable. The songs (or THE song?) sounded all the same and their lyrics weren't clever: no rhymes, no nothing. Actually, Disney could use some good songwriters as of now (remember the 90s).

How did they drag Meryl Streep into this, I don't know. Johnny Depp, I can imagine. People say to watch the theatre production, but unfortunately that would require me to get on a plane. The film wasn't good - maybe the musical is.
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ECWFeb 3, 2015
"Into the Woods" is a very funny movie but a not so funny adaptation.

The entire action revolves around the witch who's well characterized and interpreted by Meryl Streep. Sometimes she's nice, comic and even vulnerable and in other
"Into the Woods" is a very funny movie but a not so funny adaptation.

The entire action revolves around the witch who's well characterized and interpreted by Meryl Streep. Sometimes she's nice, comic and even vulnerable and in other moments philosophical and terrible.
This mark that both the heroes and villains alike have their own problems and daydreams highlights the universality inherent in this work and therefore makes it special. "I was raised to be charming, not sincere." said by the prince is the best note.

Despite being only 5min Johnny Depp doesn't cease to deserve our congrats on his wolf role.
As for the soundtrack, I think "Agony" is the most excels. A good duet and a waterfall in the background.
However, the last part is a disappointment. The dark present throughout the work simply disappears. One feels that something is missing, that is incomplete, lost.

In this world, where a happy ending is a utopia, I think "Into the Woods" is a pleasant sight.
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StevesitzJan 14, 2015
For anyone that has not seen or know anything about the musical, just know that this movie gets quite depressing! Disney really did capture the musical as it was right from the stage, which is good but also leaves you wanting more out of aFor anyone that has not seen or know anything about the musical, just know that this movie gets quite depressing! Disney really did capture the musical as it was right from the stage, which is good but also leaves you wanting more out of a film adaptation. The fact that there are very few spoken lines in this entire movie (since everything is literally sang from beginning to end) it does leave a bad taste in the mouth of anyone that isn't a hard-core musical fan. The blending of the stories was great, the acting was amazing but the music does start to pain your ears after a while. I would only recommend this movie to older Disney fans or (of course) fans of the on stage version, because that is exactly what you are getting. Expand
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wornoutspinesJan 30, 2015
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 through Into The Woods was its comedic aspects. It was almost a parody at times, they didn't seem to be takingI 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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cascadaJan 31, 2015
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 aThe 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
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MattBrady99Mar 10, 2015
Well you're not the only one who thought that this was going to be the next Les miserables just by judging on the trailers and early Oscar buzz.

The story is about a baker and his wife, looking to life a curse, visit the woods and the
Well you're not the only one who thought that this was going to be the next Les miserables just by judging on the trailers and early Oscar buzz.

The story is about a baker and his wife, looking to life a curse, visit the woods and the witch who lives there: she spins a tale involving many beloved fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

I remember very well back in November 2013, that this movie that wasn't coming until like a year and it was already getting so much Oscar Buzz and it's really crazy when you think about. People where already predicting the categories for the movie even when their haven't even seen it yet. Everybody wouldn't shut up about this movie and when the reviews came out for this movie it was a bit mix for some but still good through, but not has good as people thought it was going to be.

Into the Woods for me was a okay movie. This isn't in anywhere near has good as Les Miserables. But the movie was way over hyped by a lot of people and this is what happens when you over hype things, it will lead to disappointment.

This movie has a pretty big cast and some of them do really good and I have to say that all the actors in this movie sing really well. Nobody did a crap job of singing. Nobody did the Russell Crowe of singing, no they all do fantastic singing.

Meryl Streep to me stole the show. That was just something about her character in this movie that just stood out to me and I just loved her body moment and the tone on her voice that was just spot on with her character. I may have made jokes about Mery being a Oscar magnet, but she really is a flawless actress that I always knocks my socks off every time I seen her.

For problems and I have a lot: Johnny Depp is in this movie and you probably think his just playing a goofy and weirdo that Depp always is, but no in this movie he comes off a bit creepy and really unsettling or and Depp pretty much plays Depp and nothing special. I know this is base on a popular on the Broadway show but I can't help to say that the sets in this movie looks like it's a Broadway play more then a full feature film. The movie is way too long, because I thought the film was rapping up on a good note but the film kept going and going and good god it went on for every.

Overall Into the Woods is for people who love musicals or Broadway. But for me movies like this isn't my kind of thing but I always watch them to see if it dose surprise me or not, and this movie is just okay.
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dicedadoMar 17, 2015
Although this is considered a musical and the singing is not bad, i think in the beginning there's just too much singing, I started getting desperate and praying for the actors to calm down and start talking for a bit. Couldn't understand theAlthough this is considered a musical and the singing is not bad, i think in the beginning there's just too much singing, I started getting desperate and praying for the actors to calm down and start talking for a bit. Couldn't understand the strange twist on the storyline in the last 30 min, everything collapse, I just wanted this to end and go to sleep. Expand
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vsheldon94Mar 28, 2015
Absolutely fantastic!! I believe that Into the Woods gave actors like Meryl Street the opportunity to shine, while not in an overwhelming way. What I mean by this is that her role, gave way for other actors to be noticed, such as little redAbsolutely fantastic!! I believe that Into the Woods gave actors like Meryl Street the opportunity to shine, while not in an overwhelming way. What I mean by this is that her role, gave way for other actors to be noticed, such as little red riding hood, or jack. At the same time, it added to the repertoire of budding actors like Anna Kendrick, and the fabulous James Corden Expand
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MadMaxFuryRoadJul 4, 2015
Into the Woods is definitely not as bad as people say it is and certainly not bad for a musical. It isn't fully entertaining, but rather watchable. I wasn't disappointed, but the movie is a bit too long. Overall, the movie is pretty fun forInto the Woods is definitely not as bad as people say it is and certainly not bad for a musical. It isn't fully entertaining, but rather watchable. I wasn't disappointed, but the movie is a bit too long. Overall, the movie is pretty fun for families. (B+) Expand
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Mockingjay18Dec 25, 2014
Into the woods is a fresh representation of classic fairy tales, with impeccable performances and a great soundtrack, into the woods is the best musical of the year.
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Devax2Dec 25, 2014
This started out as a charming film interweaving several classic fairy tales together with an all-star cast.

Then it went on. And on. And ON. This film should've ended about an hour earlier than it did. While the singing could get
This started out as a charming film interweaving several classic fairy tales together with an all-star cast.

Then it went on.

And on.

And ON.

This film should've ended about an hour earlier than it did. While the singing could get tiring at times, I still enjoyed it to a degree and thought it made for a charming movie when I (falsely) believed it ended.

But little did I know that we were still in for half an hour to an hour more of constant singing, constant -annoying- siniging.

I'm not even sure how the singing is compared to the amount of actual dialog in the film, but I'd argue it makes up nearly 90% of all speaking in the movie.

Yes, it's one of -those- films, where it seems like the producers were unsure of just how catchy the songs were and decided to throw as many darts as they can at the board, hoping one sticks. In the end , the only song I actually can remember is Johnny Depp's one creepy stint as the big bad wolf, and that's only because his performance and the level of creep in the song just makes it difficult -not- to forget.

Around the third act (I assume it's the third act, it's really hard to tell because of how long the film dragged on) it seems like the writers realized they had another hour of film they -had- to throw in, so they ended up writing some chaotic mess that confuses if not outright -destroys- every moral and little message they were trying to make in the other two acts! Characters have their personalities completely destroyed, random characters are killed off for seemingly no reason, and the film drags -on-, until at the end it comes to some random confused "moral" that seems to be the writers throwing their arms in the air and going "Yeeeeah, make your -own- family! And stuuuuuuuuuff!"

What's truly shocking, is I have -never- sat through a film that transitioned from something charming I -like- to something so frustrating that I would've left the theater if my family wasn't with me.

If I can offer any advice to people still deciding to see this film (other than don't), it's sit through the first two acts, then when you think it ends (and trust me, you'll believe you've reached the ending), just leave. There's -no point- in sitting through it any further. The film becomes some mess and it just isn't worth it.
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TVJerryDec 26, 2014
This 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 greatThis 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
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Wildrenegade90Dec 27, 2014
Simply a stupid musical that made no sense at all. Please don't waste your time or money to watch!! I had rather watch two donkeys fight to the death than this crap!! They wasted talented actors for this???? Thanks Disney for screwing theSimply a stupid musical that made no sense at all. Please don't waste your time or money to watch!! I had rather watch two donkeys fight to the death than this crap!! They wasted talented actors for this???? Thanks Disney for screwing the storyline up and only previewing non singing scenes in the trailer!!!!!! Expand
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thwack26Dec 27, 2014
This was THE worst movie I've ever had the displeasure of trying to sit through. I am usually a fan of musicals but this stunk so bad I'm afraid I'll have to take two Silkwood showers to get the smell off of me.. Don't waste your money orThis was THE worst movie I've ever had the displeasure of trying to sit through. I am usually a fan of musicals but this stunk so bad I'm afraid I'll have to take two Silkwood showers to get the smell off of me.. Don't waste your money or time on this!!! Expand
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MovieGuysDec 28, 2014
Anyone worried that Into the Woods as a play might not translate to the screen very well: rest easy. Seeing it on a Friday night at the iconic Ziegfeld theater in New York definitely helped the experience, but this film is truly great. TheAnyone worried that Into the Woods as a play might not translate to the screen very well: rest easy. Seeing it on a Friday night at the iconic Ziegfeld theater in New York definitely helped the experience, but this film is truly great. The casting, the sweeping visuals, the developed story, and of course the countless musical numbers. Experience on a big screen just like I did, and you will love it. Expand
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Woody973Dec 27, 2014
Other than being about 15 minutes too long I enjoyed all aspects of this presentation of Sondheim's clever and lyrical blending of the fairy tales we all know. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are entertaining, pointed and filled withOther than being about 15 minutes too long I enjoyed all aspects of this presentation of Sondheim's clever and lyrical blending of the fairy tales we all know. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are entertaining, pointed and filled with sometimes dark humor. Having never seen the Broadway show, the twists and turns taken in the story were most pleasantly surprising and amazing. Meryl Streep was even more outstanding than I expected and all of the actors were perfect in their roles. They pushed themselves to the heights of their abilities. The visual effects were amazing and on the mark. There are lessons to be learned by adults and children of all ages. Those below the age of preteen may not fully comprehend the depth and meaning but will certainly be entertained by this presentation. Expand
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CecilbcaDec 27, 2014
INTO THE WOODS - the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway show...

It was interesting because there was me, who knows the show very very well (own the DVD with the Broadway cast and have viewed it innumerable times) and my husband who knew
INTO THE WOODS - the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway show...

It was interesting because there was me, who knows the show very very well (own the DVD with the Broadway cast and have viewed it innumerable times) and my husband who knew nothing about it - not even that it was a musical! He loved it. I loved it too, BUT there were a few minor (and I do mean minor) quibbles: if you're very familiar with the play, you will miss a number of one liners. I missed "Maybe They're Magic" which finished with one of my favorite laugh lines: "if the end is right, it justifies the beans!"

Being a different medium, one realizes what works on stage wouldn't work on film. Unfortunately, there are too many movie musicals to prove that point. But what a film it is!!! The production design, costume design and sound were awesome. It's one of those musicals where you understood every syllable of Stephen Sondheim's tongue twisting, internal rhyming lyrics. All the cast could sing - and sing well.

I've read almost every review going and there's been much made of Johnny Depp's character being on screen for such a short time - and that he couldn't sing. I thought he did very well. As for the screen time, it's the same amount as there is stage time. James Lapine, adapting his play, kept true to the original. The biggest change was the shortening of Act Two - and he's done it such a way that it doesn't hinder the movie at all. Also, much has been made of the casting of young people as Red Riding Hood and Jack - both deliver amazing performances and again, I don't think casting older would have worked on film.

Meryl Streep is incredible as the Witch. (as if she wouldn't be) She totally nails "The Last Midnight" and "Stay With Me". I really liked Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife (true she isn't Joanna Gleason - but then I'm thinking that is the result of the medium and script changes) and she has a wonderful singing voice - as does Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. Chris Pine and Billy Magnusson were perfect in their roles as the two Princes and their "Agony" was a highlight of the movie.

Bottom line: it's worth the trip Into The(se) Woods. I may go back again...
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ErockRockDec 26, 2014
This is one of the best movie version of a Broadway Musical that I have ever seen. Streep proves once again that she is the most talented actress of this generation.
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Jerad-ColoradoDec 28, 2014
This was not only a waste of time and money, but the singing was so bad my eight year old ask if we could leave half way through. I was really looking forward to the mash up of all the stories and believe that it is a good concept. What aThis was not only a waste of time and money, but the singing was so bad my eight year old ask if we could leave half way through. I was really looking forward to the mash up of all the stories and believe that it is a good concept. What a disappointment!! Expand
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DannyGDec 27, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. PG Rating Is A Scam! This Movie Is Not Suitable For Children/Pre-Teens Unless You Want To Destroy Your Children's Innocence! This A Very, Very Disturbing Film Not Suitable For Children
Or Preteens. Into The Woods is a sick, twisted story that is beyond bad
or rotten. It tells that audience that unless you are a newborn baby
everyone - no matter what your age or social class - is corrupt and
despicable!

I've never before seen a movie that should have been rated PG-13 or R
rated PG. Never in my life - and I have been going to movies for at
least 45 YEARS! Let me ask you this: Is three separate acts of thievery
of an innocent individual's most valuable possessions - that leads to
an act of manslaughter by a child, no less, worthy of only a PG rating?
Then add another act of manslaughter, with the assistance of all the
adults around him worthy of just a PG rating? Then another act of
manslaughter by an adult killing the child's mother worthy of just a PG
rating? Then the accidental death of another adult hero worthy of just
a PG rating? How about leaving a newborn child with a pre-teen with
zero babysitting experience, as if that was not a big deal, worthy of
just a PG rating? How about a kidnapper isolating her alleged daughter
first in a castle with no escape, then in a rather flimsy hut made of
twigs - in a swamp in the middle of nowhere - worthy of just a PG
rating? How about one of the characters that was murdered looking
exactly like an elderly grandmother is that worthy of only a PG rating?
Or, how about a flock of birds pecking out the eyes of two women is
that worthy of only a PG rating? In the world of "Into the Woods"
blindness is funny! How sick and twisted can you get? How about a
totally innocent man having his eyes poked out by thorn bushes, is that
worthy of only a PG rating? (Does it really matter if he is innocent or
or not, this film was rated PG?) And last, but not least, let's not
forget one woman having their toe cut off and another having their heel
of their foot cut off! Wow! I've never seen acts amputation to be
hilarious until now (I'm being sarcastic!) Is that worthy of only a PG
rating?

This Film Is So Bad It Is Making Me Feel Nauseous! I may even throw-up
by the end of the night! Most people have better things to do then
write a movie review when they feel this sick to their stomach. But if
I help prevent one young person or adult from seeing this film and
being deceived and traumatized, like I was, then it's well worth the
effort.

I want to make it clear there are NO good guys in this film. I could
care less about any of the characters except for the newborn child and
the two murdered giants. Whoever had anything to do with this film knew
exactly what they were doing. If adults want to see sick and twisted, be
my guest! But to market this as a movie suitable for children and then
to have the film's rating gamed in order to maximize profits is an act
of evil, plain and simple! Sorry, but I call a spade a spade. What I
would like to really say will be censored, so let your imagination run
wild!

On the subject of maximizing profits: Ticket sales are considerably down from last year and you wonder why? I was looking forward to seeing two other movies. Now I'm not going to see them! Hollywood and movie theater owners you made $11.50 off of me! Now you're going to loose because you would have made $34.50 had you not gamed the rating. I don't care in slightest how good the other films might be. I'll wait till I can buy them for a PENNY on Amazon! Now multiply that by lots of people across the world and I don't care how palatial you build your new movie theaters - I have zero interest in stepping inside! Zero! Zero! Zero! Antagonizing your loyal customers by trying to boost your quarterly statement at the expense of your annual statement is dumb, dumb, dumb! Hasn't anyone in Hollywood taken Accounting 101? Hollywood, use that evil genius of yours for good and you will make more money, not less! Duh!
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KeetuDec 25, 2014
This movie starts out as sickeningly sweet (a combination of well known fairy tales). If you know the plots, you may find this as intolerable as I did. Then it tries to get dark by killing off random characters and destroying moral values. IThis movie starts out as sickeningly sweet (a combination of well known fairy tales). If you know the plots, you may find this as intolerable as I did. Then it tries to get dark by killing off random characters and destroying moral values. I get it, they wanted to show us that people aren't perfect but there is probably a less confused way to do it. And When you think it's over it just drags ON AND ON.
The soundtrack was tolerable but be prepared to have your head ringing with "into the woods! Into the woods!" Long after you leave the theatre.
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BHBarryJan 11, 2015
"Into the Woods" is the musical adaptation of the Brothers' Grimm fairy tales interwoven by writers James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim in this film directed by Rob Marshall. The film stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna"Into the Woods" is the musical adaptation of the Brothers' Grimm fairy tales interwoven by writers James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim in this film directed by Rob Marshall. The film stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick with music and lyrics by Mr. Sondheim. I saw the Broadway production of this property and felt then, as I do now, that Mr. Sondheim wears a crown a little too big for his 'music and lyrics" title and talent. He is a wonderful lyricist but unlike Messrs. Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, he fails to succeed as a composer of memorable or even hummable tunes. Take away "Send in the Clowns" and "You Are Not Alone" (from the subject film) and you are left with a one dimensional writer. Just as Richard Rodgers needed Messrs. Hart and Hammerstein, so, on the other end of the spectrum, does Mr. Sondheim need Leonard Bernstein, Jules Styne or some other fine musical composer. As far as the film is concerned, and as clever and witty as the lyrics are, the numbers are too long and, as a result, create a movie experience that causes the viewer to wish it would end at least 30 or 40 minutes before it actually does. One must also recognize the obvious intention of the producers to "get their money's worth" from Ms. Streep who is over utilized and, as in her role in Mamma Mia, is at her best in a non-musical setting. This is a film where the exceptionally gifted cast is placed in a vehicle not really worthy of their respective talents. I give the film a 6 rating and cannot, in good conscience recommend it. Expand
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emkadvJan 1, 2015
This is a good adaptation of the Sondheim musical. Most of the lyrics are intact and well-articulated so that you can understand them. The performances are generally strong in both acting and singing. The story line may get harsh, but no moreThis is a good adaptation of the Sondheim musical. Most of the lyrics are intact and well-articulated so that you can understand them. The performances are generally strong in both acting and singing. The story line may get harsh, but no more so than the Grimm fairy tales on which it is based.
It's not as much fun as seeing the show live on stage, but it's a much better screen adaptation than A Little Night Music or Sweeney Todd.
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duncan1964Jan 23, 2015
This big screen adaptation of Sondheim's classic musical softens the edges somewhat, and loses a few songs but is still great fun with a cast of big hitters (and James Cordon) on great form. Bringing together all your favourite fairy taleThis big screen adaptation of Sondheim's classic musical softens the edges somewhat, and loses a few songs but is still great fun with a cast of big hitters (and James Cordon) on great form. Bringing together all your favourite fairy tale characters into a post modern retelling of their stories is clever and fun, but your enjoyment may depend on your fondness for the music Expand
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beingryanjudeJan 11, 2015
With the charm of Rob Marshall, this musical adaptation stays true to its source work and remains truly devoted to Sondheim. Over time, Into the Woods does lose its way but it is difficult to deny the triumph of Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt.
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slappyciderJan 8, 2015
I... was not aware that this film was a musical until I had already agreed on going to see it. I will say, I'm not fond of musicals so this review may be a bit biased... but man, I did not like this film at all. Meryl Streep was phenomenal,I... was not aware that this film was a musical until I had already agreed on going to see it. I will say, I'm not fond of musicals so this review may be a bit biased... but man, I did not like this film at all. Meryl Streep was phenomenal, but everyone else was just... bland. Little Red and Jack were both obnoxious as hell, the princes were over the top and just lame, and Johnny Depp had less than 4 minutes of screen time...

Also, the film should have ended about half way through its actual runtime... but nope, it KEPT GOING. The third act of this film was one of the most boring third acts of any film I've ever seen. It added nothing to the film that couldn't have been shown in a 5 minute scene rather than a whole 45 minutes.

Overall, Meryl Streep is phenomenal. That's it.
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ThegodfathersonDec 29, 2014
This sweet and sour reprise of Stephen Sondheim's musical is watchable but really its more Disneyfied than recent movies coming from the studio. Emily Blunt does good as The Baker's Wife and Meyrl Streep as the Witch is very enjoyable! ButThis sweet and sour reprise of Stephen Sondheim's musical is watchable but really its more Disneyfied than recent movies coming from the studio. Emily Blunt does good as The Baker's Wife and Meyrl Streep as the Witch is very enjoyable! But tye songs are TOO long and some sequences travel on and on without notice. Not a theatre watch, but a Dvd rent. Expand
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pjcriticJan 31, 2015
Into The Woods es un muy buen musical pero sólo recomendable para los amantes de este género ya que se pasan casi toda la película cantando. Tampoco es una película para niños, sobretodo la última media hora que es menos de cuento, menosInto The Woods es un muy buen musical pero sólo recomendable para los amantes de este género ya que se pasan casi toda la película cantando. Tampoco es una película para niños, sobretodo la última media hora que es menos de cuento, menos divertida y más oscura. La primera parte es magnífica, con un prólogo fantástico, la presencia de todos los personajes de los cuentos y un tono ameno y divertido. Lo malo es una moraleja final que se alarga mucho y tiene bastante menos gracia. Meryl Streep y Emily Blunt están estupendas. Recomendable para los amantes de los musicales y los cuentos que no son lo que parecen. Expand
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HaithamBJan 7, 2015
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, I didn't fall into one since "Chicago", I enjoyed "Into the Woods" and I appreciated all the hardI 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
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michael1208Jan 26, 2015
With a creative dark curse, Disney is brilliant to combine the fantasy of Cinderella, Jack the Giant Killer, Rapunzel and little red riding hood into one film with some surprising plot development and ended with an inspiring note - to makeWith a creative dark curse, Disney is brilliant to combine the fantasy of Cinderella, Jack the Giant Killer, Rapunzel and little red riding hood into one film with some surprising plot development and ended with an inspiring note - to make our wish to come true, it needs efforts. However, the first half of the story is well connected based on its rich materials but the second half shows some pacing issues and the existence of questionable moral etiquette stops it from becoming a classic of the genre as compared to Les Miserables. The great musical elements, the spirited performance of the superior cast, stunning visual effects and a number of heartfelt moments do help the film stands as an enjoyable musical flick, even if it doesn't work entirely as a whole. Expand
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heathermJan 7, 2015
This is definitely not a movie for people who don't like musicals; some of the trailers didn't make it clear that there would be a lot of singing, so if you didn't already know that Into the Woods is a musical it could be a bit of a surprise.This is definitely not a movie for people who don't like musicals; some of the trailers didn't make it clear that there would be a lot of singing, so if you didn't already know that Into the Woods is a musical it could be a bit of a surprise. There were some plot elements that didn't quite make sense and left me with major questions, but overall I found the plot engaging and quick. It was familiar enough from the storybook elements that it was comforting, but contained enough twists and unexpected collisions of storyline that it was fresh (for someone like me who walked in not knowing anything about the stage production). There was enough character development that it felt like most characters ended their story arcs in reasonably satisfying ways.

Possibly my favourite part of this movie was just how beautiful it was--the sets and the costumes and the effects were all absolutely gorgeous, and it was just a pleasure to watch in theatres and see all the care and beauty that went into making the movie. The entire cast is beautiful, of course, and the costuming combined with fairly natural/neutral makeup effects (except for the witchy Meryl Streep) added to the fairy tale feeling.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the movie, but it's definitely just for people who are already into fairy tale musicals.
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haggiemJan 18, 2015
Great 2/3rds of movie then after witche's spell broken and grand parade, all went on a bit too long, got a bit morose, too deep and meaningful for my two 8 year olds. In my opinion a good movie in my book will leave the audience sitting inGreat 2/3rds of movie then after witche's spell broken and grand parade, all went on a bit too long, got a bit morose, too deep and meaningful for my two 8 year olds. In my opinion a good movie in my book will leave the audience sitting in their seats for 30-60 seconds to reflect on the movie however the whole cinema couldn't wait to up and leave. Expand
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Joelsanders13Jan 22, 2015
This movie shows what film was really made for. It takes us through the genres and the art of the world we live in. And just gotta say, most lessons teaches in this film.
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joshcthomasFeb 14, 2015
Despite Into the Woods having a plot of imperfections and an unnecessary extra hour, this movie is still everything you loved about fairy tales as a child. You didn't care about the extraordinary style and you didn't care about how bogus theDespite Into the Woods having a plot of imperfections and an unnecessary extra hour, this movie is still everything you loved about fairy tales as a child. You didn't care about the extraordinary style and you didn't care about how bogus the stories were. Seeing all of these folklore legends in one film, singing catchy songs and almost never getting out of trouble, was definitely something enjoyable that did bring up an unexpected sense of nostalgia. Dion Beebe's cinematography, however, was my favorite aspect of the film. His eye for color and movement is superb, and should be appreciated more than he has been in the past. Yes, he has a deserved Oscar for Memoirs of a Geisha, but I think he deserves recognition for more than just that film and Chicago (another musical collaboration with director, Rob Marshall). Expand
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lamonddoreeMar 22, 2015
A most entertaining movie adaptation of a most artistically satisfying stage musical. It blends darkness and humor seamlessly and succeeds on all levels. Most of the performances are first-rate, even from those actors who are notA most entertaining movie adaptation of a most artistically satisfying stage musical. It blends darkness and humor seamlessly and succeeds on all levels. Most of the performances are first-rate, even from those actors who are not necessarily known as singers. I can't think why this is not getting a higher average score. Expand
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UnworthyDec 25, 2014
This was an incredibly **** movie and it was unbearable to watch. None of the characters had any soul or depth, the music was terrible, loud, and jarring, and the storyline was stupid beyond belief. Definitely do not waste your money or time on this.
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ProteusDec 27, 2014
This movie would have been great in 1975. Not great in 2014. Compare this to say the good animated movies of the year and it doesn't come close. Lego, Big Hero 6, and a handful of others have more spirit, more humor, more cleverness in 10This movie would have been great in 1975. Not great in 2014. Compare this to say the good animated movies of the year and it doesn't come close. Lego, Big Hero 6, and a handful of others have more spirit, more humor, more cleverness in 10 minutes than this full movie. People WANT to like this movie...it has a nice enough theme and ending. But it is a stale concept and has been done a thousand times before. Expand
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HarmiclirDec 28, 2014
All fine actors doing great work. Marshall wisely cut some songs/material from the second act which whenever I've seen it on stage is "overdone." Great singing and wonderfully shot. Perfect, no. Fun and enjoyable and able to relax knowingAll fine actors doing great work. Marshall wisely cut some songs/material from the second act which whenever I've seen it on stage is "overdone." Great singing and wonderfully shot. Perfect, no. Fun and enjoyable and able to relax knowing it will never go off the rails, yes. Expand
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AmongstYouDec 27, 2014
Incredibly well crafted transition from stage to film. Incredible casting, beautiful imagery, and paced properly. One of the best musicals of this generation and one of the more enjoyable films of 2014.
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JkingsmillDec 26, 2014
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 left out - especially in Act 2. If you have not scene the stage version video you may be okay. PuristsWhen 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
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MovieFan123Feb 2, 2015
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's because it is not suppose to have a happy ending. The theme of the film is hope even in the darkestInto 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
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Trev29Jan 7, 2015
Quite a few of the songs are fantastic independent of the movie.The movie is visually beautiful and entertaining but it doesn't mesh as well as I would have liked. Character motivations and development feel very condensed. The movie wouldQuite a few of the songs are fantastic independent of the movie.The movie is visually beautiful and entertaining but it doesn't mesh as well as I would have liked. Character motivations and development feel very condensed. The movie would have worked better solely as a drama or a comedy, but it is neither. Expand
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foxgroveJan 19, 2015
Being extensively marketed for kids, it is good to find that Sondheim’s musical has been neither dumbed down nor Disneyfied. Taking four well-loved fairy tales complete with linking device and setting them to music is actually quite a boldBeing extensively marketed for kids, it is good to find that Sondheim’s musical has been neither dumbed down nor Disneyfied. Taking four well-loved fairy tales complete with linking device and setting them to music is actually quite a bold concept which, for the first ninety minutes at least, works very nicely. In fact, the visuals compliment the score no end which, if listened to cold, is actually fairly resistible without its context. Only one song can truly be considered a hit outside of its theatrical origins and that is ‘Children Will Listen’, but other songs are still impressive. It helps that most of the cast make a good stab at singing even if one recognises their limitations. Meryl Streep, however, is in a class of her own both musically and dramatically. Notching up her 19th Oscar nomination for her ‘witch’ she eclipses everyone with impressive ease. Chris Pine surprises as Prince Charming and he belts out one of the best staged songs, ‘Agony’. Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s wife and James Corden as the Baker all have their moments to shine as does Johnny Depp as the Wolf. His rendition of ‘Hello Little Girl’ (which shows that Disney have certainly moved with the times, since Snow White sang ‘Someday my Prince will come’) is certainly open to suspect interpretation!
The film looks good in production and costume design and is photographed in a convincingly cold light as befits its dark tone.
The film begins to fall apart, however, after its perceived happy ending is suddenly tossed aside with the introduction of a female giant. This is not only dramatically misguided, but also throws the spotlight onto some appalling special effects work. Hitherto the visual effects have been impressive, but the giant played by Frances De LaTour looks cheaply conceived and unconvincing. It is a shame really that what could have been a consistent of a piece musical is undermined by a final act that should have been thrown out along with Jack’s beans.
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smaherDec 29, 2014
I'm a big fan of this musical. I saw the original production on Broadway years ago and have never forgotten it. So I had my fingers crossed for the film. It didn't disappoint! The performances were strong throughout both dramatically andI'm a big fan of this musical. I saw the original production on Broadway years ago and have never forgotten it. So I had my fingers crossed for the film. It didn't disappoint! The performances were strong throughout both dramatically and vocally. Yes, it takes a dark turn in the second act, but that's the point. Life is not a fairy tale and there is no happily ever after. For some, they seem to think the life goes out of the piece at that point. For me, that is what gives this play its substance. I thought the feature time worked. Some of the more dramatic moments may have felt a little rushed, but for today's attention challenged audiences, I can live with the compromise. Expand
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Nick052299Dec 28, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So far one of the best musical adaptations I've seen. Amazing performances, especially by Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. Streep takes the role of the Witch and creates fireworks with it, performing Stay With Me and Last Midnight with her all. Emily Blunt is the heart and soul of the film. The rest of the cast did a great job, one of the best ensembles of the year. Most of the numbers are cleverly sung and written, with some being emotional, such as "Agony", "Stay With Me" and "No One is Alone". Sondheim is an acquired taste for people, as he doesn't compose tunes for strict enjoyment and not only for audiences' expectations but for meaningful messages as well. The film feels magical and the result is great. One of the best of the year. My only issue was the sudden shift of tone in the film to the second act didn't feel as subtle. Expand
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horcrux2007Jan 1, 2015
The music, acting, scenery, and pretty much everything else was great in this. It gets kinda dark halfway through, but the movie has quite a bit of good humor. It's the best musical film since Les Misérables.
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anneke14Jan 3, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A movie with a group of well-known characters played by well-known actors and actresses, they were not just picked because of their fame. Each actor had to have the ability to sing, for this was a Broadway musical. Some, such as Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford, and Anna Kendrick, had already worked on a musical, and Kendrick had been in Broadway musicals before. Kendrick being cast as Cinderella with brunette hair was a huge surprise because Cinderella has always had blonde hair, at least that’s what the Disney version had. The original Grimm story never stated her hair color, which is what the film was basing the plot on. Also, in the fairytale, Cinderella did have a golden slipper, as does the Cinderella from the movie, and that shoe is used in the potion, a key ingredient to the plot.
Other costume pieces had to be used in the film for the potion, such as the red cape, the long hair, and the witch’s ugliness. With Little Red Riding Hood with the cape and Rapunzel with the hair, the potion could be made. The witch needs to be a truly hideous monster in order to intimidate the other characters. The costume was great for lots of movement, because the witch had to move in many fast agile ways. The long, curve gross fingernails would have frightened me, as well as the mess of blue-gray hair. When turned beautiful, her dress matched with her now-stunning blue pile of hair. The shoulders on the arms were very unique. Most of the costumes seemed to be straight from a fairytale. Cinderella’s pure gold dress, a huge contrast from her servant clothes, was stunning. The poorer characters, such as the baker’s wife, wearing a random mush of fabric sown together, and Jack’s mother, a dreary off-white and brown dress, could easily show their lack of wealth, but it was not shown the same. The baker’s wife was more colorful, and both seemed to fit a different time period. All the costume looked like they could be in a different time period, with the step sister’s hair definitely a Lady Gaga or future hairstyle compared to the wolf’s zoot suit from the late 1930s, but the characters all went well together despite being so different.
“He was robbing me, raping me, rooting through my rutabaga, raiding my arugula,” This line just by its self is full of passion, but the way the witch shrieked and thundered it out, the audience could feel the resentment and the pain through her voice and words. She held herself up with the doorframe, and was spiraling all over the room in anger, nicely exaggerated movement to draw the audience in. When the baker had his breakdown after hearing that his wife had died, he did honestly seem like a person that had lost a special thing. Every character was so well played, that you forgot they these were not people, but actors. The lighting suddenly darkening added a frightening mood to the scene.
The Prince’s fight over who was in more pain was a bit more comical, with Rapunzel’s Prince saying, “Agony! Far more painful than yours, when you know she would go with you, if there only were doors.” Our theater laughed at that. The song then continued the bickering, getting louder as they try to prove their point, until they both agree that they are equally in agony. You could feel the pain they are going through, they needed those girls whom they loved. Along with the powerful singing, the dialogue also helped the story, with the story ending with the beginning thanks to the narrator in the end being the baker. “Once upon a time in a far-away kingdom,” the film starts with. Later, the baker starts to tell the story to his son, “Once upon a time in a far-away kingdom.”
With it being filmed in the UK, most characters had an accent, but this added more to the unreal effect of a fairytale. The woods in the "It Takes Two" scene had two trees just the right length apart with a hill for the baker to roll down. The trees were like poles for it to be easy to dance around. Lots of trees were specially made for a dance, like the tree for Cinderella’s mother. The story had introduced all the characters by song at first, and song later showed what they wanted and had. The ending had much less song and more action, a faster more intense part of the production. Mostly it was slow, with every time the bakers spotted a piece from the instructions, the piece was hard to find, hard to acquire, or hard to keep. I don’t think that this is a great movie for kids, besides the violence. There is more need to understand and have more patience with the characters. Kids won’t be able to sit through this movie. It is a darker fairytale, but the Grimm stories normally are. I loved how it was a change from the pretty-perfect fairytale world we know. The songs were not just thrown in; they were sown into the story to help it along. I loved this movie and would definitely have my friends, even if they aren’t into musicals.
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GreatMartinDec 25, 2014
On December 25, 2002, I went to see the movie musical “Chicago” and during the two weeks after that I went back to see it 4 times. On December 25, 2006, I went to see the movie musical “Dreamgirls”, fell in love with Jennifer Hudson and theOn December 25, 2002, I went to see the movie musical “Chicago” and during the two weeks after that I went back to see it 4 times. On December 25, 2006, I went to see the movie musical “Dreamgirls”, fell in love with Jennifer Hudson and the movie, went back to see it 6 times and bought the DVD. In 2009, on December 25, I went to see the movie musical “Nine” and have never seen it again. In 2012, December 25, I went to the opening of the movie musical “Les Miserables” and returned to see it 4-5 times and watched it on HBO a couple of times. Today I went to the opening of the movie musical “Into The Woods” and won’t be seeing it again.

I came to the movie with some prejudices including not being a fan of Meryl Streep which I know is sacrilegious to the world of acting but I always seem to feel and I can see, she is ‘acting’. She does sing her numbers well but her last big number just lays there.

My other prejudice is that though I love and think Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics are genius I don’t feel that most of the shows his music has been in are worthy of his songs. In most cases the books, including this one, by James Lapine, have not been up to the task.

For those who don’t know about the movie it is old, known fairy tales most without the happy ending we know. There is the baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), Jack and his magic beans (Daniel Huttlestone), his mother (Tracy Ullman), Cinderella (Ann Anna Kendrick), her stepmother (Christine Baranski) the two stepsisters (Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch) her Prince Charming (Chris Pine) and his brother (Billy Magnussen). There is Red Riding (Lilla Crawford), the big bad wolf (Johnny Depp), Rapunzel (MacKenzie) and a Lady Giant (Frances de la Tour).

Depp’s appearance is a cameo and sort of salacious. Ullman is spot on and should have given more to do while Emily Blount, James Corden are standouts and Chris Pine gets the funniest line in the movie which I let you discover for yourself.

The production values are all first rate and Rob Marshall direction isn’t as frantic as it has been in previous movies. Those familiar with the stage version will walk out humming a couple of the songs while those new to the score will know the title tune by the time they walk out.

I don’t feel it is a film for kids because of the change in the paths of the fairy tales and I only can recommend it to adults familiar with the stage version and/or Stephen Sondheim fans such as me.
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WDS_ConnectionsFeb 1, 2015
Individuals cursed in this forest where everything lives in stories and tales.
persecuted by the defeat where other beings do social charges, tales and fables in these interactions that are made siege to charges.
through the woods in
Individuals cursed in this forest where everything lives in stories and tales.
persecuted by the defeat where other beings do social charges, tales and fables in these interactions that are made siege to charges.

through the woods in force for inspiration conversations in interactivity and lonely demonstrations to undertake other forest creatures.
thieves and corrupt the search for dead places to live, this economy in thought while executioners these trails.

into the woods enchanted and persuaded tell the tales of this curse in the scenario hungry for new stories.

Characters following conflicts be passing illusions own dialogues to the siege of all live this gossip. nightmares of this curse are other economy.
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TheQuietGamerMay 15, 2015
Several classic fairytales are tied together by the story of a baker and his wife hunting down items for a witch so that she will grant them a child. It's not out of the ordinary for a Disney fairytale movie to have musical bits. TheirSeveral classic fairytales are tied together by the story of a baker and his wife hunting down items for a witch so that she will grant them a child. It's not out of the ordinary for a Disney fairytale movie to have musical bits. Their classic animated films like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are known for them. This one is actually a full musical.

The great cast comes together excellently to deliver quite a few good songs as well as bits of humor and darkness. Johnny Depp in particular steals the show as the Big Bad Wolf even if he is only in the film a brief while. The film is at it's best when it follows the fairytales and it's original story about the baker and his wife collecting the items for the witch. There's humor, heart, and that classic Disney magic while all this is happening. However things get drawn out with an unnecessary final act taking place after the bakers quest for a child has ended.

The light, humor, and joy is sucked out for some dull and dark storytelling. The musical numbers in this act are tedious. It ends shortly after, but it's hard to enjoy this final stretch thanks to how obvious it is that the movie should have ended sooner. It's cool that they tried to go against the typical "and they lived happily ever after" most fairytales conclude on, but they make things too dark and bleak for it to be as satisfying. Sometimes your standard happy ending is the best way to conclude things.

Despite this flaw "Into the Woods" is still a great adaption of a broadway musical to film. There's a charming culmination of fairytales surrounding an original story that is satisfying right up until they decide to drag things out. Provided you can make it through the final stretch there is a movie you can enjoy here. It's a fairytale musical that isn't perfect, but still charming.

I give "Into the Woods" an 8.5/10.
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RtheomDec 27, 2014
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, but overall the movie just felt jumpy and a bit bi-polar. The characters go through very wild and rapidIt 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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spizer511Dec 29, 2014
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.
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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LowbrowCinemaDec 26, 2014
INTO THE WOODS lacks a concrete conception to make it really jump off the screen. The cast is perfect, the costumes and set design quire wonderful, but director Rob Marshall shoots the entire film in medium shot as if directed for television.INTO THE WOODS lacks a concrete conception to make it really jump off the screen. The cast is perfect, the costumes and set design quire wonderful, but director Rob Marshall shoots the entire film in medium shot as if directed for television. He has no real foundation to work from which is truly unfortunate since he as amassed such talent. You watch the film wondering, "Why?" Expand
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bartylakApr 14, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All I can think is now, I'm going to have to carefully review Disney movies for my child to watch. I'm very disappointed from a certain song that wants to devour a lil girl. In words you do not want your child to hear. Lets just say, if you was ever in another room and you heard that song. You will be screaming to turn off that perverted show or movie. Everyone I watched this movie with, can see that song for years to come showing up in shows like "Criminal Minds, Law and Order SVU" to name just a couple. Worst part is you just know, that their are now sexual predators playing that song over and over. Sickening song. But apparently the sexual predator vibe is ok, even in a Disney movie now. Also, a home-wrecking scene of literally a prince cheating. Literally cheating on his wife with a married woman. Then the whole ordeal of a song of who was to blame for cheating? Child appropriate? Somewhere in there, you have a witch making a woman ten months pregnant and out pops a baby, in the same day From the first Min to the last, this was not a child appropriate movie.. How was any of that appropriate for what should have been a child appropriate Disney Movie? I'm so disappointed in Disney. The brand is known for such great quality family entertainment, that is child appropriate. If your going to do a movie like that, create a new brand to go with it. For example, Nora Roberts doesn't put her name under her Eve series. Instead she goes by J.D. Robb. Still her but the brand, you could say changes. Cause you just made a ton of people extremely wary of the Disney brand now. And rightfully soo. Very disappointed. Expand
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vgmkyleMay 6, 2016
It's theatrical and fun, but the movie really does drag on after a while... like almost any play I don't get the screaming and stupidity, but the production values are really good and the songs are almost tolerable.
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lasttimeisawMar 26, 2015
As a much anticipated movie adaption of a famed broadway musical, INTO THE WOODS struts in its “dark treatment” of the classical fairytales, namely: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk, and panders to aAs a much anticipated movie adaption of a famed broadway musical, INTO THE WOODS struts in its “dark treatment” of the classical fairytales, namely: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk, and panders to a more adult-leaning demography. As a matter of fact, it turns out to be really dark, but only because the happenings occur inside the ill-lit woods most of the time, as to the story itself (or maybe pregnancy is a bit too un-fairytale-sy and killing off a main character is a bold move), the noted outlandish elements are conveniently compromised by its PG rating, a well-expectedly avaricious manoeuvre from the money-seeking corporate to cash in from as many viewers as possible at the expense of the project’s artistic essence. Altogether, Rob Marshall’s newest star-studded musical is a ragtag mess fails to connect with audience who are not the devotees of its theatrical archetype.

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BloodyRandyMar 25, 2015
I thought the boy actor was excellent, you can sense that from the first bit where he starts singing vs the baker's wife. He gives the movie energy. Too bad the story is super lame after 2/3rds in. It has a twisted scene that shoots theI thought the boy actor was excellent, you can sense that from the first bit where he starts singing vs the baker's wife. He gives the movie energy. Too bad the story is super lame after 2/3rds in. It has a twisted scene that shoots the whole story in the foot. No wonder Disney quickly had a Cinderella followup in theaters just in case they would upset their fanbase. Anna Kendrick was a strange choice and I'm not sure she fit in as a gorgeous Cinderella, not saying she's not pretty, but not the best choice for this role. Emily Blunt was a bit boring when she sang and she's giving me the eye every other scene she's in. She's supposed to be a baker's wife and she gives off too many looks and signals to the audience, not the best acting that I've seen her do. The witch and the Repunzel had some strange lyrics to their songs. She is not her daughter, and that dragged out more than it should have. The misunderstood witch was frustrating rather than having her be good or evil, they kept her in the middle pretty much saying she's just really selfish. It's a real shame, almost thought we finally got a good Newsies followup, but instead we got a misunderstood evil movie with some liberal agenda themes. A lot of the actors and actresses were really good apart from most of the well known ones. It almost gets annoying to see so many well known actors and actresses show up, would have preferred a brand new cast. And the new actors and actresses killed it, but the well known ones didn't. Expand
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SpangleMar 23, 2016
I loved Into the Woods. Hilarious, touching, and fantastically musical, the film is a wonderfully entertaining take on the fairy tales of old and their worlds, while adding in a nice twist with the trademark moral of the story. First off, theI loved Into the Woods. Hilarious, touching, and fantastically musical, the film is a wonderfully entertaining take on the fairy tales of old and their worlds, while adding in a nice twist with the trademark moral of the story. First off, the music is fantastic. Both the musical sequences and score are beautiful and sung perfectly. The acting from Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, is very good. Additionally, the direction from Rob Marshall is very good. Without it, this film would have been DOA due to the mashup of various stories. The pacing is good, though it can be a touch frenetic in the beginning, but it was far from detrimental. The script is good and really does a good job balancing everything. The cinematography and special effects are great and capture some seriously beautiful shots together. Into the Woods can also be truly hysterical as it gleefully makes fun of musicals and the fairy tales it incorporates. However, the piece I loved the most was the ruminations on life (and the dangers hidden within), love, loss, grieving, and parenthood. This is where the film is a home run success and truly becomes a major success. Into the Woods can be weird at times and it requires a willingness from the audience to go along with it, but on the whole, it is a funny and truly emotionally moving musical that has fantastic music to go along with it. Expand
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