A fairy tale without the so much expected happy ever after.
Fantasy, daring giant, dreamy rise through social class, music, burning desire for an end, bargain with a witch, engaging orchestra; Disney’s got you covered with ‘into the woods’. Starring Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), Johnny Depp (big bad wolf), Meryl Streep (witch), Emily Blunt (baker’s wife), James Corden (baker), Chris Pine (prince charming) etc., ‘Into the woods’ is a 2014 Disney musical theatre directed by Rob Marshall and based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Its basically a retelling (with alterations) of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack the giant slayer with a manipulated happy ending. With costumes picked from the middle ages to middle 20th century and old timey Europe scenes, into the wood plays nostalgic pranks with your head as well as entertain you.
The movie does not only pick characters familiar with the audience, but also invents two major characters in the form of the baker and his wife.
All major characters suffer consequences of their wishes by losing something precious (apart from Rapunzel).
This pushes forward the major message of the movie; ‘be careful what you wish for’.
With excellent realistic sceneries executed in a dense wood (in which most of the movie was filmed at) and civilized human habitat, fine character executions and superb storyline, Into the woods will surely leave a tinge of desire on you even if you are not mainly into musical theatre
IMDb gives the movie 5.9 of 10 rating while rotten tomatoes gives it 71% rating.
The movie gets a 4.5/ ratings from me.