Into the Woods (2014)

2014 • 124 minutes
3.8
6.6K reviews
PG
Rating
Eligible
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From the director of Chicago and the producer of Wicked comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture Into the Woods. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch's (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!
Rating
PG
3.8
6.6K reviews
Dan Booher
May 31, 2015
acting was fine johnny dep/ star trek guy etc performed well in their respective roles however this movie was probably the stupidest movie I have watched. not to mention the undertones and innuendo's which have become typical of Disney (definitely miss the positive old school Disney) ... the movie was rated pg means parental guidance... well after shutting off the movie about half way through I can confidently say I would firmly "guide" my children a long way away from watching it.. Not only for the disgusting almost lustful banter from the wolf regarding the "little girl" but even for putting a sick unfaithful twist on the story of the prince and Cinderella. Yea even if nothing else it was a terrible waste of the 1.00 dollar I spent at red box to see it.. unfortunately i can only select 1 star if I could I would give it a negative 5 stars.
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Torion Oey
September 26, 2015
Sondheim's music is beautifully woven together in bits and pieces throughout each song. The lyrics are clever and deeply wise. Basically brilliant compositions, each and every one, altogether. What more could you want? Oh, perhaps an outstanding cast that can sing very well, and add human touches to their notes so that they don't sound perfect. It is very faithful to the play, only tweaking tiny parts to make it more family friendly, though that doesn't stop this movie from having all the dark undertones that made the play so awesome. Meryl Streep's performance as the Witch is a major stand out for me. Really, I could go on and on about the singing of each and every one (because they're all great). For example, DANIEL HUTTLESTONE. He captured the very essence of Giants in the Sky, exactly the way I thought it should be sung. If I had to use one word to describe this movie, I'd say it is masterful.
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Russell Rogers
December 3, 2018
So obviously by the rating I gave it you can safely assume that I didn't care for this movie. But instead of saying how bad it was, how about I just give you a brief snippet of one of the many, many stories going on in this movie and let you decide if it's for you. I think that's fair and it's fairly spoiler-free to what happens at the end. Good? Good! So the baker and his wife need to get some items for the witch within three days and one of those items is a white cow. They meet a boy who is selling a white cow and make a trade. But the boy feels like the cow is his friend and tells the couple that he'd like to to buy the cow back later. Very soon after this the couple loses the cow they just bought. The boy returns to buy back the cow but they won't sell it back (mostly because they still need the cow, but also they don't know where it is). The boy thinks that they just want more for the cow and continues to bring them more treasures for the cow. Later they find the cow, but the cow dies. The couple still need a white cow before the deadline so they get another cow and cover it in flour to hopefully fool the witch. She immediately can see that they're trying to trick her, and after talking to her about how they had a white cow earlier but it died, she's like, "I'm a witch, I can bring that dead cow back to life." So they bring the previous white cow back to life, feed it a golden shoe, some human hair, clothing, and finally some corn husk. Yep..., I did not exaggerate ANY of that story at all, and that is only one of many, many other stories going on in this film. Also, feeding that cow all that stuff. Umm... that's not the end of the film. There's like another 30 minutes left after that. So take all that I told you and replace all the dialog with singing (they nearly sing throughout the entire movie) and that's just part of what you're getting yourself into. This movie/story telling just isn't my cup of tea, but I also tend to judge my enjoyment of a movie on what I like and not what actors are in a movie or what my friends think I should like so maybe I'm not the target audience for a movie like this one...
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