into the woods – the play, not so much… hello film!

Into The Woods is the film adaptation of the Sondheim broadway musical play. It’s directed by Rob Marshall and stars; Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracy Ullman, Christina Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen and Johnny Depp. It’s about a couple of Grimm’s Fairy Tales strung together into one story and how these characters would interact.

The good; for a play I wasn’t thrilled about, the film version was very enjoyable. Director Rob Marshall and screenwriter James Lapine do a great job in editing stuff out and bringing it all together. The songs in original play didn’t capture me at all, but I was able to get into the story in the film.

Everyone involved does a great job with their parts. From watching the credits it looks like most everyone sang their songs, bravo! Emily Blunt and James Corden especially, their characters tie the plots together and they have good chemistry onscreen.

The special effects are great, there aren’t too many but when they happen they’re executed beautifully.
Along that same line is the lighting/cinematography, very moody and dark in the woods, yet I can still see detail.

The bad; some songs were cut from the film version, but I understand why. Things flowed better, leaving out songs and story lines was for the greater good. For not being a fan of Sondheim I was able to be swept away in the story of the film.

Overall, very enjoyable adaptation. Good job Mister Marshall for allowing me to enjoy a story of a play that I didn’t care for. It was also wonderful to see Tracy Ullman. It was a good time had by all, and by all a good time was had.

Fade out-
Eugene

 

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