Movie Review: Into The Woods

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Into The Woods directed by: Rob Marshall

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep

IMDB: 6.8

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

four-stars

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

Let me be the first to say that I wasn’t expecting this to be so … musical-y (not that that’s a word, but hey, it fits). I knew it was based off of something broadway and on top of that it was a Disney movie, so I knew there was going to be a lot of singing, but I wasn’t expecting that much singing, you know?

For a lot of the movie, I kept sneaking glances over at my boyfriend (obviously, I drag him to watch everything, much to his horror) who looked like he wanted to face palm through all of it. Actually, during the Princes’ sing off around the river bend, he looked a bit distressed because of Chris Pine. 

As much as I wasn’t expecting all of the singing, I really, really loved it. A Disney movie wouldn’t be a Disney movie without all of the songs and I enjoyed it so much. I wasn’t really expecting Emily Blunt to kill it the way she did, but she killed it! Wow. When she opened her mouth to sing, I was blown away. When I think of Emily Blunt, I think of The Five Year Long Engagement and The Devil Wears Prada, and man was this role a game changer for me.

Meryl Streep as the Witch was perfect. Ugh, she gave me the chills so good. I thought she was great. And when she suddenly became beautiful again, but without the use of her magic, I loved her even more.

I really loved the interweaving of the four fairytales: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstock and Rapunzel. I thought it was done so smartly, and it felt like the baker’s story fit so perfectly in with theirs. However, I was a bit disappointed in the fact that there wasn’t more Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf. I thought he was so great for the very limited screen time that he had. I would have preferred more Johnny Depp over Chris Pine. Chris Pine as Prince Charming wasn’t very Charming, in fact he was a bit on the scary side.

The only thing I was a bit disappointed about with the movie, was Chris Pine/Emily Blunt. Mostly because the kiss disoriented Emily Blunt to the point that she fell off, leaving the Baker to his own devices. Also, I just have beef with Chris Pine in this movie in general. It did mean that Anna Kendrick left him, which was good, because who could marry someone who looked so scary.

My boyfriend thought that Jack stole the show, I’m not that convinced.

Overall, if you love Disney movies, watch this movie!

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