in about 100 words or less
US 124m, Colour
Director: Rob Marshall: Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp
Adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, Into the Woods is an excruciating musical fantasy that should have been left on the stage. As a retelling of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, nothing of interest came from the mash-up of these fairy tales. With a script which was better off lost in the woods, this was a generic and drawn out story that was filled with some of the worst headache-inducing musical numbers ever put to film. If it were not for wanting to write this cautionary review, I would have left the theatre long before the film was over (Klaus Ming January 2015).