Since I heard Meryl Streep was making another musical and it was a fairytale one I have been dying to see Into the Woods. So this weekend I headed to see it. The film brings together the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel with a twist on their stories as they all cross paths in the woods.
I wasn’t too familiar with the musical so didn’t know what to expect, but knew it had a great cast and was going to be epic. The film is just under two hours long, but it sadly feels like three hours. At one point you feel like the film has come to an end, but you realise you have another 40 minutes of the film. But, that aside, I do think this is a great film. The songs are beautiful, I’m particularly in love with Meryl’s Stay With Me (see below video), I could listen to it over and over…but only whilst watching her perform it.
Along with Meryl Streep, the film has a stellar cast, including James Corden as the lead – the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince Charming and Johnny Depp as the Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.
One highlight in the film I was not expecting was Chris Pine’s comedy performance as Cinderella’s Prince Charming. He meets Rapunzel’s prince in the woods and they stop for a rest to compare notes on their ladies they are pursuing. It turns into a battle for who has the best story in the most incredibly camp man-off I have ever seen. I really think the film is worth seeing for this scene alone. It has a Princess Bride feel to it, that said, this is not a film you will get your boyfriend to enjoy.
For acting, music and production, this film has it all, but sadly I think the slowness of telling the tale does let it down a tad. Into the Woods is in cinemas nationwide now.
Have you seen Into the Woods? If so let me know what you thought of it.
Image source: Disney.com
A slow burner
The film is rather slow, but all the performances are brilliant