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Movie Review: Into the Woods

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The Witch (Meryl Streep) explains to the baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) on what she needs in Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods”

While Disney is remaking their classic movies for the new generation including Kenneth Branagh’s version of Cinderella coming out in March (which I’m quite looking forward to seeing), we get something a little different. Based on Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical, Into the Woods is a musical featuring characters inspired by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. following a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) wishing for a child. They encounter a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on the baker’s family tree long ago. They agree to go into the woods to end the curse three days time before the rise of the blue moon to give the witch four items: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, a hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. Along their way, they meet Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), who are out to fulfill wishes of their own.

With gorgeous sets and costumes, terrific and well-choreographed musical numbers, and a great performances from the cast (even Johnny Depp makes a big step-up from his last dreadful performance in The Lone Ranger as the Big Bad Wolf), director Rob Marshall (Chicago) and his team make a wonderful musical about having all wishes come true that is witty and charming, and surprisingly dark and twisted that is perfect for the entire family. I cannot wait to buy the soundtrack. One of 2014’s best.

4/4

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