I have obviously had a deprived childhood. How did I not know a thing about 'Into the Woods' and that this film is an adaptation of a 'play' that already existed waaaay before my thought process during the film about how great a 'play' it would make, till I read the credits. It was a nice little surprise. I went and saw it randomly on the strength of Meryl Streep's face on the poster as I figured if she's in it, it's gotta be good. The fact that it was a musical and about fairy tales was yet another huge surprise. Since the film's release I've read some reviews and some just hate it, but you know what, I loved every moment of it! In fact I'd give it a big fat 8 out of 10. It was something so different, so unexpected and the last time I looked at the faces of the audience, they were all engaged and no one left the cinema.
Fair of face, ugly of heart. Cinderella's step mother and step sisters
I figure there's not a lot I can say that would spoil the movie for you because it's all about fairy tales we have known and loved from our childhood. It's a musical that ties together the tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) in a very clever way. For me, Anna Kendrick was amazing in her starring role as Cinderella. I've only ever seen her as a supporting actress, so I'm so glad this was her time to shine and shine she did.
Young Daniel Huttlestone carries the role of Jack with such heart and last but not least, the biggest man in the smallest role for me was the very talented Mister Wolf (Johnny Depp). Just proves you cannot hide talent. I loved the way he expressed and enunciated the English language, making words like 'pink and plump', 'delectable cupful', 'not one lump' sound so delicious, I ate it all up. Emily Blunt is as beautiful as ever, and this is only the second time I've seen James Corden since his 'One Chance' movie. Some little surprise cameos so to speak was Christine Baranski excelling in her role as the stepmother and Chris Pine is quite humorous as The Prince. Meryl needs no mention. That woman is a chameleon and not afraid to look ugly! Bravo!
In this film we explore the consequences of the wishes and quests of the characters as their stories intertwine in a very clever way I thought. As they say, be careful what you wish for because there just may be an old witch hiding around somewhere waiting to grant you just that! I will not spoil the story of how the various fairy tales intertwine. I'll leave that for you to discover and enjoy on your own. You may love it like me or hate it depending on your taste and expectations. A review is after all just one person's opinion on how they themselves felt about the film. I loved it. I leave you with the rest of the beautiful pictures I felt compelled to add just so I could gaze upon them and remember how much I loved the film. I'm not sure the very young kiddies would completely understand how all their favourite fairy tales connect but the older teens are sure to 'get it' and may even enjoy the film.