REVIEW: INTO THE WOODS
From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Academy Award®-Winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), leads an all-star cast in this enchanted adventure about daring to venture Into The Woods.
SYNOPSIS: Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!
REVIEW: Be careful what
you wish for. That would be my warning to the characters in this
film, had I been able to warn them. A baker and his wife,
childless and yearning, a young boy wishing for a friend,
Cinderella wishing for a chance to go to the ball and on and on.
Everyone wishing for something and prepared to go to any lengths
to get it. Into the Woods pulls together several of the Grimm
Brothers classic stories to bring to the big screen a musical
production with not only incredible actors but surprisingly,
great singers. Director Rob Marshall gathered actors such as
Emily Blunt as the bakers wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella,
Johnnie Depp as the wolf (and oh what a wolf), Tracy Ullman as
Jacks mom, Chris Pine Prince Charming, Christine Baranski as the
stepmother, and oh my goodness, Meryl Streep as the witch! Also,
such a great batch of new and relatively new comers Lila
Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack,
Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzul to name a few.
The cast is ridiculously good, the music and singing incredible
(although Cine Marc said that to him all the songs sounded the
same, I must disagree), the costumes beautiful and each story
pretty good on its own, but once you put it all together………
it falls flat. Mind you the sets were pretty darn good although
good in a theater stage kind of good, not movie good. I was
telling my mother in law that Meryl Streep was incredible! Her
acting, well, come on, her acting is outstanding, but did you
know she could sing?!? Wow, what a voice and so hauntingly
beautiful in a particular song, Stay With me (made me cry)!
Emily Blunt, beautiful and so perfect as the dutiful yet sad
wife of the baker so hungry for a child and once again, what a
voice! Chris Pine hams it up in the part of Prince Charming
(Cine Marc says he reminded him of John Travoltas Vinnie
Barbarino), and once again, totally surprised us with his
singing ability (this is a musical, you know). Lila Crawford, in
her big screen debut as Little Red
Riding Hood clearly shows off
her theater chops and her voice reminds us that her last big
part was Annie on stage. As the witch promises to remove an old
curse and to grant a wish as long as certain, very particular
items are brought to her at a very particular time and so each
one of their lives intersect in surprising and sometimes sad
ways. Mind you, the finished product is corny, but fairy tale
corny and isnt that with this is all about.
Now, all that said when you put it all together…. It just
doesnt meld! I wanted it to, but sadly, it didnt. Does that mean
that you shouldnt see this film? No, not at all, because all of
the pieces separately are good, very good and worth being seen,
but as a whole, dont expect a great classic to come of it.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 7.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), Dolby Digital
5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Spanish and French
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Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song:
“She’ll Be Back”
Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV. With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.
There’s Something About The Woods
Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story...and to all of us.
The Cast As Good As Gold
Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.
Deeper Into The Woods
Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments
From Stage To Screen
Magic of the Woods
Designing the Woods
The Costumes of the Woods
Filmmaker Commentary Film commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John
Music & Lyrics
Get direct access to the musical song segments from the film, with optional sing-along lyrics.
5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)