Into the Woods: Movie Review

One of the most anticipated Disney films of the year, Into the Woods, was released just a few days ago on Christmas. With a star lineup of actors including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine (to name a few), it’s no wonder that the film raked in $15 million on opening day! I had a chance to see the movie prior to its release and was surprised to see a lot more adults in the audience than kids!

Into the Woods opens with a title track song, introducing us to most of the characters in the film. It doesn’t take long to get to the bottom of the plot – a witch who instructs a baker and his wife to find three ingredients to reverse a curse she placed on his family after the baker’s father wronged her years ago. While on the hunt for these ingredients, the baker and his wife cross paths with some names we’re familiar with – Cinderella, Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf, and Jack (and the Beanstalk).

For me, the winning scene was Prince Charming and Prince Phillip’s duet about the agony of love – so  cheesy and dramatic, I couldn’t stop laughing! On the flip side, Johnny Depp (usually one of my favorite actors), who played the Big Bad Wolf, had the creepiest, most uncomfortable scene with Red Riding Hood. I’m sure the kids would be oblivious to it, but it’s definitely something that could’ve – and should’ve been left out!

With so many of my favorite actors I was sure this would be one of my top Disney films this year, but I really wasn’t too impressed with the film. Sure there were some funny/good parts, but overall, it’s one that I’d recommend holding off on seeing until it’s available to rent.

Have you seen Into the Woods? What did you think?

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  • I saw it on stage at the Fox Theatre in St Louis when I was younger. I thought the story was clever and the lyrics were fun. My daughters had a beat-up VHS of the Burnadette Peters version. They are off seeing the movie today and I hope to see it with my husband next week. I have a feeling I'll enjoy it more than you did.

  • I know this is an old post, but I had to comment. I didn’t love this either. I realize that it was intentionally kind of dark compared to most fairytales, but bleh. So many of the characters had so few redeeming qualities. And it seemed to drag on and on and on and then all of a suddenly it wrapped up the story in like 5 minutes. I wasn’t a fan.