Into the Woods

Rated PG 124 minutes 2014

Stephen Sondheim’s name is the putative biggest draw for this flabby, ill-conceived stage musical move-over, a tired pastiche of familiar fantasy motifs –Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of Bean Stalk fame, etc.– interconnected by Sondheim’s forgettable ditties. The best, maybe only, reason to watch it is Anna Kendrick’s performance as Cinderella. Beware Meryl Streep’s hamming as the wicked witch, one of several “modern urban” versions of classic fairytale characters (they’re all misunderstood) in James Lapine’s stage play book. The movie never seems to end, lurching on for a full two hours, far too long for little kids. They will be puzzled and most grownups will be bored. That leaves hopeless Broadway junkies. Enjoy. Also with Emily Blunt, James Corden, Lucy Punch, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Lilla Crawford (Riding Hood), whose voice could tear a hole in a screen door. Not surprisingly, directed by Rob Marshall (124 min.).

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Official Site: movies.disney.com/into-the-woods

Director: Rob Marshall

Producer: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt and Callum McDougall

Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Annette Crosbie, Frances de la Tour, Joanna Riding and Simon Beale

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