Into The Woods (2015 film) | Movie Review

Into the Woods is a 2014 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name.


My notes on Into the Woods
Movie Review by Jason Javier


1. A lot of people were complaining that the characters did nothing but sing. It was a musical for crying out loud. I heard the exact same complaint about Les Miserables. No wonder 1dol flopped on local TV.

2. I've grown tired of these reimagining and modernization of classic fairy tales (Maleficent, Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; although I have to say I'm excited to watch the new live-action Cinderella). I was happy to see the Babel-like take on these stories here. The movie was actually clever until it turned really serious in its final act. Why couldn't it have ended with the requisite happily ever after?

3. I absolutely loved the prologue song but the rest were not so memorable. Sure I enjoyed the diva showdown between the two Princes but I usually leave the theater humming a tune from the musical and it didn't happen here.

4. Momma Meryl was fine as always but my favorites were the bratty Little Red Riding Hood and the wonderful singing of Emily Blunt. Miranda and Emily would be so proud.

5. Was I the only one bothered by the dark undertones of pedophilia whenever Little Red Riding Hood was surrounded by the grown-ups? First she was stalked by the Big Bad Wolf, an obvious child predator, and then she was forced to remove her cape by the Baker. Was it just my perverted mind?

6. I know that the real fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen were really dark to begin with but I was still surprised this was rated General Patronage. Women got their toes sawed off, several characters were killed, a couple had an adulterous tryst. Uhh, why was this considered suitable for children?

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