Movie Review: Into the Woods


Lindsey Nguyen, Writer

Warning: Spoilers are contained. Into the Woods is a new twist on some of the most known Brothers Grimm fairy tales, causing some choice stories’ plots interact and explore the consequences of each characters’ quest and wish. This film follows the tale of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood all connected by a new tale about a baker and his wife. Since a witch casted a spell on the Baker’s home cursing them to never have a child no matter how hard they want one, the Wife and the Baker embark on a journey into the Woods to make a potion that will allow them to have a baby. Along the way, they meet Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack, and Rapunzel who each wish a different thing. Naturally, they will venture into the Woods where good-and bad-things happen to them. I think that Into the Woods was a very good film because the director, Rob Marshall, made the movie seem like it was timeless. Each character played their part diligently and you can see and feel the emotion in every action and word. Each song was connected to the plot and performed perfectly. Anna Kendrick, Cinderella, showed that under that kind, abused maid, there was a modern, clever girl in the song, “On the Steps of the Palace.” There was a few moments where I felt bored or felt like it could have been better. For example, in the musical, Rapunzel dies but in the movie, she didn’t. The song, “The Last Midnight” could have been more emotional and forceful if Rapunzel did die. Overall though, I thought this movie was a good choice and recommend it to people who like a little fantasy, adventure, and action. I would give it a 8 out of 10.