I got to see an advance screening of Into The Woods on Friday night and I was so excited! It’s always hard to take something that’s so loved on the stage and bring it to the screen, and I thought they did a nice job. I adore the musical, and I really liked the movie too.
Chris Pine was amazing. “Agony” was probably the highlight of the film. He played the campy prince perfectly.
Anna Kendrick and Christine Baranski are great in everything, so that goes without saying. I also really enjoyed Emily Blunt. Who knew she could sing?
Oh yeah, and Johnny Depp as the wolf was perfect casting. Pretty sure he didn’t have to prepare at all. “Oh, you want me to play the world’s creepiest wolf? Done and done.”
And then there’s Meryl. You know, she’s not half bad. She should stick with this acting thing, I think she can really go places.
Jokes aside, I really wasn’t expecting to like her as the witch. I’m a Bernadette Peters die-hard, and how could anyone top her? But Meryl being Meryl, she was great. Her patter song was surprisingly good, even though I do prefer Bernadette’s “Last Midnight”.
Also, I must have her wig and dress. Not even for Halloween. Just for life. It’s a great look.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable movie, and a great ride, especially if you enjoy the show. If you’re not familiar with the show, these are not Disney fairy tales. These are Grimm’s fairy tales as told by Stephen Sondheim. So yeah. Possibly too dark for kids. But I don’t know how much of the dark stuff will go over their heads. Of course, if you’re coming to me for advice about what’s appropriate for kids, you may want to examine your choices. For adults, go see it.