Into the Woods

By Jill - AV

April 3, 2015

This film version of the Tony Award-winning musical, Into the Woods, reimagines the work of the talented Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine (who was born in Mansfield) in a slightly more Disney fashion.  The story follows a childless baker and his wife who cross paths with several classic fairytale characters – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack -  as they try to undo the curse laid upon them by the evil Witch next door.  Every character in the story longs for and receives a particular “happily ever after”, but the main theme of the story is to be careful what you wish for.  Highlights of the film are the performances by the leads including Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden and Emily Blunt as the Baker and his wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, and a surprisingly hilarious Chris Pine as her Prince who claims he was “raised to be charming, not sincere.”  The gorgeous costumes and brilliant set designs compliment the terrific cast whose vocal skills are well up to the task of Sondheim’s tricky score.   Overall Rating:  A-  

(Once you have watched the Disney film version be sure to check out the live stage version filmed as an episode of American Playhouse with the original Broadway cast – it includes some great songs that were cut from the new film.)

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