Film Review: Into The Woods

I heard a lot of good things about Into The Woods. The concept that I got from the trailer confused me and I didn’t know what to expect. One thing is for certain is that the ending was a surprise. It was sort of happy, but still sad at the same time.

The plot-line itself was very simple and combined the different fairy tale stories into one. Also the fact that they kept in some of the original ‘gory’ aspects of the fairy-tales such as the evil step sisters of Cinderella having their feet chopped to fit in the slipper and Rapunzel’s prince being blinded by thorns. It was unexpected and made it different from other fairy tale adaptations. The film stuck almost to the stage productions plot, altering a few things, but I give them credit for keeping some of the unpleasant parts in.

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The fact it was an all-star and all-singing cast, you knew it had to good to some degree. Into the Woods has received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations. Frances de la Tour plays her second giant character, first in Harry Potter as Madame Olympe Maxime.  Further members of the all start cast include Meryl Streep stars as the Witch, James Cordon as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as the Wolf and Chris Pine as The Prince.  I had no idea Chris Pine could sing. I was hesitant at first if he was actually singing or not, but then I accepted he was even more talented than I originally thought.

(Has anyone else notice how beautiful his eyes are?)  

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The only problem I had with this film was the first twenty minutes of them singing the same song over and over with slight adjustments. It got on my nerves and considering it had been twenty minutes I began to get irritated. By the end of the film you start humming ‘Into The Woods’  subconsciously, because you’ve heard it on constant repeat. It could have been worthwhile to add a bit more variety to the song choices.

The film was a delightful twist on the conventional family film. I enjoyed it, as it was refreshing to experience something different regarding the ending. The set was gorgeous and the characters were all likeable even if they were obnoxious. If you like your Grimm Fairy Tales then you need to see this film. It’s different, but a very good film.

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