Movie Review: Into the Woods

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I’m going to be honest. I went to see this movie for two reasons. 1) Anna Kendrick. 2) It’s a musical! I actually found a friend that loves musicals as much as I do.

I went into this thinking it was going to be a light and fluffy movie. That is so not what I got, so if you thought the same get it out of your head. This movie is dark and funny and full of music!

By dark, I mean not everyone makes it out of the woods. Also, not everyone has a happy ending. Actually, if I really think about it, no one gets too much of a happy ending.

So here is a quick rundown. The movie follows five different stories. Cinderella (Who wants to go to the ball), Rapunzel (Who meets a prince.), Jack and the Beanstalk(Who sells his white cow for “Magic beans”), Little Red (Who is going to visit her grandmother), and the Baker and his wife (Who want nothing more than a child). I don’t remember all the stories from my childhood, so I don’t recall the story of the baker if there is one.

All of these characters make their way into the woods to get what ever it is they are after. And of course nothing is as easy as they think it will be.

Now, if you are excited that Johnny Depp is playing the Big Bad Wolf, kill the excitement now. He gets maybe 10 minutes of screen time before he is cut open and turned into a cape. Yep, poor Mr. Depp had a very small part.

I enjoyed the movie. I may have gotten a little bored towards the end, but I think that was mainly because I was tired. Who knows. Meryl Streep was amazing as always. She played the witch and I loved every second of her screen time. Anna Kendrick was amazing and I was excited to hear her sing more. I may just have a lady crush on Anna Kendrick. She is so beautiful and hilarious.

The music was amazing, except Little Red sounded a little nasally and annoying. And Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen had a song about Agony and loving someone you can’t have, that one was hilarious and got old quick. I may like it once I see the movie again.

Over all, I will be buying this movie when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray. I thought it was well worth my money and time. But! If you do not like musicals, don’t try and see this movie. You won’t like it.

Have you seen “Into the Woods”? What did you think of it?

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