Monday, January 5, 2015

Movie Review: Into the Woods


Into the Woods Movie Review

By Lauren- all opinions are my own; I do not own any of these photos

IMDB Summary: A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

Review: I saw this movie the day after Christmas, and normally I would have written a review by now but I had other things that needed to go up and my co-blogger, Alicia, was supposed to start in the new year. Unfortunately, she's been sick, so you'll just have to keep an eye out for something by her soon! And now...some brief thoughts on Into the Woods.

I heard that someone saw the movie without being aware, so I'll state it now: this is a musical. Now that we're past that, I will continue by saying this is a great one. It's definitely a film that I would see again. As for the musical, I've never seen it, but I'm quite curious now to see how the two differ.

I think the whole cast was fantastic. I love that they had a mix of well-known and lesser-known actors. Everyone had a great voice for their part though. I'm a huge fan of Anna Kendrick, and I think she has amazing voice, so it was wonderful seeing her play the flighty Cinderella who has never had to make a proper decision for herself before.


As for Johnny Depp as the Wolf, I think he did a really good job. Again, his voice fit the part, and I was a bit upset he wasn't in the film that long. It makes sense though. There were two young actors in the movie that did a fantastic job, and they have such wonderful voices. You have Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (yes, Jack and the Beanstalk). Some of you may recognize Daniel as Gavroche from Les Misérables, the movie version.



Well, I said brief, didn't I? I suppose I should end this here. Basically, I really enjoyed Into the Woods. There are some darker moments, but it's also full of humor which surprised me (in a good way!) Yes, it feels a bit long near the end, but overall, it's enjoyable from beginning to end.

31 comments:

Krysten Quiles said...

Oh I just don't know, this movie just does not interest me!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This sounds like something I need to see! I have been wanting to watch this movie. I would want more Johnny Depp too! LOL

Keertana said...

I really enjoyed this one too! I didn't know how it would end so I was pleasantly surprised by how everything worked out. Wonderful review! :)

Kindlemom said...

I am one of those crazy people that didn't realize this was a musical. As a family we went Christmas Day and the little ones didn't like it at all and grew bored. It was a long movie to not know it was a musical and be able to warn them before hand.

I did like it but I wasn't in love with it. I did like the characters just some of the morals of the story were less than stellar for a "family" movie.

Jasprit said...

I didn't realise before either that this was a musical. I hadn't been hearing the greatest things about this movie before, but its always refreshing to get a differing opinion. So glad you enjoyed it! :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, I want to see this!

Melliane said...

It's not yet here in France but I think it's tomorrow or next week so I was really curious to know how it was. Now I'm glad to see you had a good time with it and I'm curious to discover the movie as well!

Medeia Sharif said...

I persuaded a friend to see it with me. I assumed it was horror/fantasy and had no idea it was a musical. Still, I enjoyed it a lot.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Musicals are hit or miss with me. I am going to wait for DVD on this one. I like the sound of it, but unsure.

Candace said...

I didn't know it was a musical so thanks for telling me. I like musicals live, but not so much as a movie. So I'll probably skip this until it falls into my lap or shows up on Netflix one day.

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I really want to see this movie... but I wasn't sure if it was movie theater prices good. I did go see the new Night at the Museum and that was fun. So I should for sure go and check this one out also!

Cascia Talbert said...

I want to see that movie. It sounds like it is pretty good.

Lauren D. said...

I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this! My family didn't want to see over Christmas break so I'm going to see it with friends soon. Can't wait! Lovely review!

Diva Booknerd said...

I actually only seen this advertise last night and it looks spectacular! I love these dark and delicious retellings we see coming out at the movies and in YA as well. Definitely need to see this one.

Thanks for sharing Lauren <3

kimbacaffeinate said...

Glad you enjoyed it, and I hope to see it with my daughters.

Aylee said...

Heh, it's funny because I wouldn't have known going into this that it was a musical because I'm pretty oblivious to the movie and TV show world these days. But I'm quite pleased to hear it is and now I definitely want to see it! Especially if the voices and cast are so good!

Montana @ The Book Belles said...

I recently saw this and completely agree with you about the cast being great! I wish they had stopped the movie at the point where you think they're going to and certain parts felt slightly rushed, but otherwise I really enjoyed it! (especially the Agony scene ;)

Loupe Duffy said...

I had no idea this was a musical It's been a long time since I watched one. Interesting! Sounds good, I'll be definitely checking it out when it hits the small screen, although I think I remember seeing on vudo. I could be wrong, it would be too early, I have to check.
Thank you, good job :)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I've been planning to go see this with my kid on Sunday. She's 8, but I hope it's age-appropriate since it's based on fairy tales and a musical to boot.

Melanie said...

Ooh I am glad that you liked this musical, Lauren! I saw the trailer when I was watching Mockingjay last night and I got really curious.

Lovely review, girl! <33

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

The Hubs and I saw this on Christmas Day, and neither of us had seen the musical prior to the movie. We loved it, and both ended up downloading the soundtrack (I got the full soundtrack, he got the highlights). I loved the cast, and it was just so much fun. I know some die hard fans of the musical were upset about some of the things left out or watered down, but it didn't bother me at all. I can't wait to watch it when it's released on video!

Erika Sorocco said...

Ooh, I so want to see this; though I had no idea it was a musical!

xx

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I only just found out about the movie today (it comes out this Friday over here) I'll probably wait for the dvd, but a big fan of Anna Kendrick too! :)

L-Diggitty said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see this! My sister and I are hoping to go soon.

Love the new site design, btw!

Alise said...

Okay, I had no idea this was a musical either. Maybe so many people think that because there was no singing in the previews/trailers? At least the ones I saw. Now I'm wondering if Johnny Depp can sing LOL. Love Anna Kendrick. Nice review!

Karen Alderman said...

I didn't even realize this was a musical until last week. lol

I'm not sure if it's for me but I'll probably catch it when it's on DVD

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Nicole Hewitt said...

My whole family really enjoyed the movie too. I especially loved the two kids!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Marianne Robles said...

So funny story... I enjoyed this but hated the ending. The last part with the giants and everything? Detested it. I just couldn't deal with all the things happening at once. However it's still a movie I want to see again. And the songs were amazing.

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

JaimeLovesStuff said...

Totally on my watch list! I saw the preview when we saw the last Night at the Museum and I really want to see it!

wordyhughes said...

I haven't seen the live musical either, and wonder how it compares. I did know it was a musical beforehand, but not much about the overall plot. I loved Anna Kendrick soooo much. But my favorite song was Agony with the two princes. Me, my mom, and my brother were literally laughing out loud during that song. I loved how Chris Pine totally ramped up the ridiculousness and cheesiness of that song. So funny! I also thought Johnny Depp did an excellent job, despite his briefness.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

I am so eager to see this film and I didn't know it was a musical either! Does it have a similar feel to Les Misérables? I so enjoyed Les Misérables on film as opposed to on stage :)