I love musicals. They can be whimsical and fun, heartbreaking and grim, but my latest musical adventure featuring Into the Woods has got to be the most confusing musical I have ever seen (I haven’t seen Cats yet but I’m determined to give it a go one of these days.)
Into the Woods, a musical that dropped during Christmas time six! years just became available to watch on Disney+ today and at first, I was kind of enjoying the film.
The movie took several classic fairy tale stories and wove them together for a grand adventure that should’ve known when to stop…but the writers bit off more than they could chew. When the movie moves past the known content and goes original the entire tone of the musical changed.
It went from being a PG fairy tale flick/musical that was ultimately easy to stomach to becoming what I felt was a PG-13 style drama that dealt with affairs, death, killing, loneliness, and just a lot of misery in general. When the film concluded, I was left staring at the screen with crinkled eyebrows wondering what the heck I had just witnessed.
The film has a stacked cast; Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Corden (*slam on the brakes*)…oh, that’s where it all went wrong didn’t it? Every musical Corden touches turns into a complete joke…or travesty, and this musical was no exception.
The opening number was impressive, I have to admit, but the rest of the movie was just bad. Poorly written, poorly developed, the songs went from okay to bad, and the end was just sad. I don’t know who at Disney greenlit this pot of depression but I’m not a fan.
2.5/5 stars (and that’s mostly for the opening number.)
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