REVIEW: Into the Woods

On November 27, I got to watch a preview screening for Disney’s Into The Woods before it's world premiere on December 8... crazy right?

That is a whole 28 days before the Christmas Day release in America and 41 days before the Aussie release on January 8, 2015!


So if you’re reading this, I am officially allowed to share my thoughts as it's officially past the embargo date (today!) and I can bestow you with my incoherent thoughts and ramblings on Disney’s latest and (hopefully) greatest film.

This is a dark film by Disney standards more reminiscent of the tone of Maleficent rather than Frozen. Based on a musical of the same name, this is a dark interpretation of the Grimm Brothers' tales including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk. This film intertwines these characters with their own individual stories brought together by the baker and his wife (James Corden, Emily Blunt).

The cast features my girl crush, Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) who is naturally a brunette and this interpretation has Cinderella as a brunette as well #shockhorror. Continuing being a slashie, she does the whole singing thing perfectly well as evidenced by Cups from Pitch Perfect.

Meryl Streep is amazing. I see why pretty much every actress looks up to her, she manages that beautiful balance of being scarily evil while still likable by being the deliverer of some of the best laughs by playing the villain, The Witch. Plus she has a banging body. #bonuspoints

Despite Johnny Deep have a title on the film, he's barely in it. Playing the Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood he was not what I pictured, he is completely creepy and had a peodophile vibe (I said the film was dark!).

My highlight was seeing Lucy Punch play Lucinda, an evil step-sister. She's so damn funny and likeable, yes I'm a fangirl. I think she's an underrated actress, and I must admit it did delight me when she's pretty much played this role before as part of Ella Enchanted (starring Anne Hathaway).

With the tagline of "Be careful what you wish for," that is a clear foreshadowing of what's to come...

This film is somewhat predictable... then it throws in a curveball that's a bit odd and completely unexpected. But in order to not spoil it, I'll leave it at that.

Once again I'll warn, it features dark humour and probably isn't suitable for younger kids as this film features elements of murder, adultery and moody lighting. #spooky

If you're a Disneyphile or love musicals, this film is for you! I enjoyed watching it, but it's not the type of film I'd want to see more than once.

Running Time:124 minutes
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp
Classification: TBC
Out: January 8, 2015

I attended a preview screening as a media guest.

Images are courtesy of Disney.

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