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Into The Woods – Review

Even if musicals aren’t exactly your cup of tea, Disney’s Into The Woods will keep you in your seat with it’s witty humour peppered throughout this wildly entertaining adaptation.

OPENS TODAY (15/1/2015)

The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

Adapted to film from the Broadway musical of the same name, Into The Woods maintains much of it’s core as an entertaining & somewhat educational story. Intertwining a number of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tales into one, Into The Woods emphasizes on the misconceptions of each fairy tale character as they were all previously considered to be relatively flawless. Exciting throughout the 1st & 2nd acts of the movie, it started to feel a little lethargic in the 3rd act. Nonetheless, definitely worth a watch for both adults & the kids.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Plot

Into The Woods starts off with a rather catchy song that introduces the main characters in their current predicaments & why they’re all going into “The Woods”. The story that ties all of them together is about the Baker (James Corden) & his wife (Emily Blunt) who are unable to conceive a child due to a hereditary curse. Fortunately, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a Witch (Meryl Streep) who can remove the curse as long as they bring her a couple of items from The Woods(White Cow -Jack & The Beanstalk, Red Hood -Red Riding Hood, Golden Shoe -Cinderella, Yellow Hair -Rapunzel). Along the way, he meets all the other characters trying to solve their own issues which includes the goody two shoes Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), unfairly treated Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), thief with a heart of gold Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and Stockholm syndrome Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)

A world where hot women gets married with  round men because of their heart.

A world where hot women gets married with round men because of their heart.

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A modern take on these classic stories allows for modern moral values. Ranging from indecisiveness (Cinderella wants to be a princess but not really but she does but not really but maybe but maybe not but alright, princess it is but wait, no..) to child sex offenders ( As charmingly taught in the phrase “Nice isn’t always Good” by the annoying Red Riding Hood), especially important for the younger generation.

Both the Princes were hilarious, especially Prince Charming (Chris Pine) who is both good & pardon my language, a douche bag. Then we have the annoying Red Riding Hood, I don’t condone violence of any sort but Red Riding Hood makes me feel otherwise. James Corden & Emily Blunt steal the show for me even if most would be raving about Meryl Streep, which don’t get me wrong, it was good; just that it’s expected to be good so hardly any sort of surprise performance there.

Music is good but what did you expect? It’s a musical, of course it’s good.

The best scene in the entire movie,  The Princes Song.

The best scene in the entire movie,
The Princes’ Song.

Rating 6/10
Overall, fun for all ages. Educational & Entertaining. The month of January in the cinema industry is usually known for it’s, let’s be blunt, rubbish movies *cough* Taken 3 *cough* but I am glad to say that this is an exception. Highly Recommended that you take your siblings, significant others, kids, relatives, young, old & watch it as there won’t be many like it for a month or two.

-Dev