Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Into the Woods (2014)

Director: Rob Marshall

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman, Johnny Depp

A Baker and his wife discover that they have had a curse placed on them by the witch that lives next. The witch tells the couple that the child that they desire will never come unless they collect four different items from the woods for her, so she can cast a spell on the night of the blue moon that will make her beautiful again.

This movie combines the classic beloved Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story. The baker and his wife have to "collect" an item from each of the stories. This movie is a film version of the stage musical by  Stephen Sondheim, who also worked on the film.

Here is what I liked about the movie. The production was flawless. The look of the movie was completely spot on. You were really taken into this fairy tale land of stories. The sets alone brought the viewer along for the ride. The special effects were realistic and well needed. Costumes for the movie set the period and finalized the creation of the characters. The cast did a great job with their performances, and even with the singing. Can you tell that I'm pushing the positivity the best I can?
The problems with this movie for myself were many. Let me get into it. First of all the cast had way too many big names in it to sell the movie. It is a trick that they do to get non-movie people to fill the theaters when the outcome of the movie maybe questionable. These viewers will only look to see that their favorite actors are in the movie or at least actors that they know about. It was released around the holidays at a time when people and families go to watch movies, and it was a family friendly movie. It was also a Disney movie. All of these components above made this movie a hit. Read other reviews to see what people really thought of the movie or spread this one around. It is nothing but a musical. I mean at least 80% of the movie is singing. I am not a big fan of musicals. I will admit to that, but come on, my friends that like musicals did not like this movie, but they liked the film version of the stage musical. That has got to tell you something.

This movie seemed liked it was just rushed to make at times and the rest of the time the movie dragged on to seem like forever. There was just too much going on in the movie to care about the characters or what was even going on. Each scene only lasted a few minutes before going to another story then another, and then it would go back to the first one, and start all over again. It was just too much jumping around through the movie for me.

I know there will be a lot of people that will not agree with me on this, but I gave this movie a chance. Watch this movie if you must, but don't say that I didn't warn you. I have told friends to skip it.
Into the Woods (2014) Trailer

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