Into the Woods
A witch’s curse sends a childless couple (cue title!) into the woods in search of several items from other fairy tales. Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), Prince Charming (Chris Pine), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp) are all represented. Also starring Meryl Streep as the witch, and James Corden and Emily Blunt as the childless baker and his wife. And in case you don’t make it to the last paragraph, this is a musical and it’s geared toward adults.
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There are moments of infidelity that are shown (kisses) and discussed in Into the Woods. A small number of words are cut by ClearPlay. There are some scary, creepy and violent moments, but many of them occur off screen. Though originally rated PG, there’s really nothing ClearPlay can do that will make this an easy movie for kids. Dark themes persist, most notably the idea that people aren’t as they seem and you’d better be careful or you’ll make some pretty bad decisions in life.
In Into the Woods, will I be able to see the forest from the trees?...
There are possibly two big trees standing in the way of your enjoyment of Into the Woods. If you’re not familiar with the music, you may find composer Stephen Sondheim’s tunes difficult to warm up to. Tree Number 2 is the production design and cinematography, which adds to the overall gloomy feeling of the film. Charges of “moral relativism” have been aimed at the movie –the idea there is no right or wrong – but you can also interpret the message as an invitation toexamine all matters more deeply. It’s a well-made film, but not for everybody.
Marty Nabhan, ClearPlay Big Bad Critic
Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material; 125 mins; Directed by Rob Marshall