You might think that a new film that revises several of the 19th century fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm is just jumping on the now well-worn fairy tale redux train, but in the case of Into the Woods the combined reworking of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk has been around (at least in Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical version) since 1987. Long before the recent trend of rehashed fantasy fables.
Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), this fractured musical fairy tale film has very good performances but just doesn’t seem to fire on all cylinders. The story is weird and awkward and for the most part the musical numbers are less than enchanting. Having never seen the musical play I can’t make a comparison, but the movie is definitely missing a magical spark.
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