Written April 24, 2015
Last night we were invited to attend the a private screening in Tysons for "Into the Woods". I have never had this privilege with security guards and phone check-in. The only positive thing I can say about the movie is that Meryl Streep is a great singer - who knew? Do NOT take children to see this movie. Do NOT go to see it if you have ever been a victim of sexual abuse or child abuse. Do NOT go see this movie if mutilation and misogyny turn your stomach. I have no idea how it got a PG rating. This movie was without a doubt one of the worst movies that I have ever seen and very troubling in so many themes. I am thunderstruck that a movie marketed for families and children would carry a child predator theme! There was a distinct lack of excited chatter from the audience leaving the theater, and actually more a somber tone reigned. It took me several hours to get the material talked out of my head so that I could sleep. A real disappointment.
Written March 14, 2015
I was lucky enough to get to go to a screening of 'Into The Woods' tonight. The really good: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick (and several others) are outstanding, with incredible performances and impressive voices. Oh, yes, this is a musical, similar to the broadway show. Chris Pine is absolutely hysterical as the prince. I think he stole the show in many scenes with brilliant performances. The imagery is beautiful, and the fairy tale is appropriate for children, yet ends like it would in the real world, which I really liked. The twists and turns that the story takes are fun and imaginative. The bad: I think Johnny Depp is a brilliant actor, but his role as the wolf was, as far as I see it, poorly cast. He was not at all impressive as the wolf. In fact, he behaved more like a 'creepy guy' in this role than as the wolf. It just did not work and fell flat. Overall, I enjoyed it. It is 2 hours, which is a perfect duration. Great movie for families.
Written April 17, 2015
There are some changes from the stage version -- the film is not quite so dark. What is annoying is the number of people who complain that this "is not for children". Of course not; it's a Stephen Sondheim musical and was written for an adult audience. Even more annoying are the people who went to see this but walked out because they "don't like musicals". Don't you idiots do any research before you see a film? I saw it today; there were mostly adults in the theatre -- as it should be. It's brilliant. Period.
Written March 14, 2015
I wish more movies were like this. It was just a GREAT time and I enjoyed it all the way through. Obviously everything Meryl Streep touches turns to gold and that's certainly still true here, but the movie has so many other great performances. Emily Blunt and Chris Pine were the real standouts for me. The production was grand and fit the fairy tale subject matter, which I believe is what great movie musicals do. You really build the world and make it believable. And this movie did just that. Glad to see that musicals are being taken seriously by Hollywood because the results can yield something enjoyable that opens up a whole new audience to this great show.
Written April 07, 2015
Into the Woods is one of my all-time favorite musicals so ... when I heard it was being turned into a movie AND it was Disney, I thought "uh oh, they're going to change it!" They didn't. Thank God for Rob Marshall cause if directed by someone else, it may not have been as genuine. This film does the original book and score justice. If you are not familiar with Into the Woods and go into this thinking it's a "Disney" film well-suited for young kids, you will be disappointed. Into the Woods is a story about what happens AFTER "happily ever after." There are actually some very adult themes in this story. BUT, for them to change the story would have been to change what Into the Woods is so ... please don't bash Disney for having artistic integrity.