“A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.”
Into the woods has one major flaw, and that is, it doesn’t know when to end. Before all that though we have to talk about the main reason people will go to see this movie, and that’s the cast. The cast here really is brilliant, everyone seems very spot on and well suited to their respective roles. There is also a really nice combination of theatre and film actors here. Like a best of both worlds for both the actors and the audience. There are also some really good songs in here, my personal favourite being the one between the two princes. There are some very theatre elements here as well, in terms of the story telling and its progression, but overall it seems to have been well adapted to the silver screen. That major flaw however, is what really keeps this movie from being something really special. There is most certainly a point in the movie where it could have ended and no one would have had a problem with it. To be clear the problem isn’t even that it seeks to go where it did, but more how it did so. The last act of the film really looses the spender and enchantment of the first 2, and slows everything down to a crawl to the point where you wonder to yourself, “how long has this really got again? Couldn’t be too much…”. Trust me when i say that’s never something you want to be saying in a movie. Cut that last third out and this movie would get a considerably higher score. Also, if you plan on taking small children with you, just remember that this story is much darker the individual fairy tales it pulls together, and they may not like that.
Review Score : 6 out of 10