Movie Review: Into the Woods

Avery Deen, Reporter

Director: Rob Marshall

Release Date: December 25, 2014

Rating: 7/10

“Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, there lay a small village at the edge of the woods…” In this small town lives a humble baker and his wife; one day, they are visited by a witch who tells them about a curse she laid on their house years ago. In order to reverse the curse and get the thing they wish for most, a child of their own, they must venture into the mysterious woods and collect four special items to make a potion. To obtain these items they have to interact with many other characters and face dangerous enemies.

“Into the Woods” is a movie adaptation of a musical that has been running since 1986. This tale focuses on the characters from the Grimm fairy tales, tying together the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and many more. All the famous fairy tale protagonists have to work together to solve all the problems plaguing their lives. I give it a seven because the singing was fantastic, the story captivated me and I was surprised at every turn. Though it was often lighthearted and fun, some parts were a bit dark and depressing, so I wouldn’t recommend taking young children to this movie. I highly recommend this film, especially to those who love Broadway productions.