INTO THE WOODS – Rated PG

Into the woods poster

Disney’s next film brings Stephen Sodheim and James Lapine’s award winning-musical of Grimm’s Fairy tail legends – Cinderella, Jack and the bean-stalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel with her evil witch of a mother, plus the added twist of a married couple who bakes to the big screen – and with more star power than you can shake a stick at too – as we all head INTO THE WOODS.

When we meet the adorable baker (James Corden) and his beautiful wife (played by Emily Blunt) they have just found out that the reason they are still without child, is that a curse has been placed on them by their evil WITCH neighbor (played by Meryl Streep).

The Witch proceeds to task them both with finding many improbable things to break the spell she cast upon them many years ago, so the baker and his wife have no choice but to venture into the woods, find these things, and bring them back to the witch, so she can undo her curse.

As they run into many people who incredibly seem to have just what they are looking for; including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Jack (Daniel Huttelstone), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mausy), it seems that their mission might just come to fruition, giving them hope that someday soon, they too will know the joy of parenthood, but can it really all be that simple…?

I give INTO THE WOODS a B+: Disney has created a musical cinematic masterpiece that your entire family will love and enjoy. Whether you are 6 or 96, this new spin on the Grimm’s Fairy tales we all know and love is so entertaining, you won’t want it to end. Plus, throwing in a couple of other high profile actors to play the roles of the BIG BAD WOLF (Johnny Depp), Prince Charming (Chris Pine) and Cinderella’s wicked step-mother (Christine Baranski) was also genius – as there are stars at every turn in this quaint little story (Seeing Chris Pine’s blue eyes every now and then was enough to keep me enthralled throughout the entire film – I’m just sayin’) Add the talents of Director Rob Marshall, who definitely brings all of these iconic parts to life – and even though it may not sky rocket like FROZEN did last year – INTO THE WOODS will still make its mark as one of the best musicals hitting the big screen this year. INTO THE WOODS is another one of my MUST SEE picks this holiday season. So grab the kids, grab grandma and grandpa, heck grab a cousin or two too, so that you can all head out and see…INTO THE WOODS!

Kathy Kaiser

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