“Into the Woods” Review
The movie adaptation of the popular musical “Into the Woods” proved to be very successful. With its talented cast, catchy songs, and well placed humor, it turns out to be a very enjoyable film.
The story follows a baker and his wife, played by James Corden and Emily Blunt respectively, on their quest to have a curse reversed so they could have a child. Their mission leads them into the woods in search of ingredients for a potion — “1) a cow as white as milk 2) a cape as red as blood 3) hair as yellow as corn 4) a slipper as pure as gold.” While searching they come across several fairytale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lila Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Jack from Jack and the beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone).
The songs do a wonderful job in helping to develop plot, characters, and the mood, despite some songs being cut out (I Guess This Is Goodbye, Ever After, So Happy, and No More). Each song is different and ranges from humorous to heartbreaking. All the actors performed very well in not only the acting department, but also the singing. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of the witch was stupendous, and her songs were powerful. Emily Blunt and Chris Pine both successfully delivered some of the funniest lines. Daniel Huttlestone and Lila Crawford, despite their young age, performed just as well as the rest of the cast. Cinderella’s character, with the help of Anna Kendrick, was the perfect mixture of funny and sincere.
This movie gets four out of five stars for an interesting story and great acting and characters. It does drag a little toward the end, but overall it’s well worth the ticket price. This movie is now showing at all major theaters.
By Sienna Mata