I was provided with two press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
All opinions are 100% my own!
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.
So, I am probably going to be in a small minority to review this in a not so favorable light. First off, if you don't like musicals you are definitely not going to enjoy this movie because singing is pretty much done throughout the entire movie. Now, I like musicals especially Mamma Mia and didn't mind the singing in this movie. Some of it is kind of catchy and got stuck in my head. The issue I had with it is that I found it to be far too drawn out story wise which made it extremely boring to watch.
After an hour into the movie we had to do a potty break to which I checked the time and was surprised that it had only been an hour because it had honestly felt like a lot more time had passed. Then once we got back and the movie got to a point that I believed it to be over only to be shown wrong and that it had about another half an hour to go. I kind of just slumped in my chair and carried on watching.
The movie is cute, funny at times and had some pretty decent looking computer graphics in it but the storyline was just too drawn out with uneventful scenes for my liking. The two princes acting very over the top while they sang in the river was quite possibly my favorite part of the movie. It was funny in a stupid funny kind of way and of course the actor Chris Pine played Prince Charming which might have something to do with my liking that scene. lol.
If you've seen the movie since I would love to know what you thought of it in the comments below.