Into the Woods

Review by Adam Woodward @AWLies

Directed by

Rob Marshall

Starring

Anna Kendrick Emily Blunt Meryl Streep

Anticipation.

Hard to get too excited about another Disney musical.

Enjoyment.

A spellbinding, star-studded triumph.

In Retrospect.

The songs will be stuck in your head for days.

A sing-a-long review of this delightful screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

To the tune of ‘Belle’ from Beauty and the Beast]

Fairy tales, such a tired genre
Every film, like the one before
Fairy tales, full of worn-out clichés
It’s time to say… Goodbye

There goes the witch wicked and cruel like always
The same foul hag we know too well
Every character the same, unprogressive and mundane
And the songs all sound the same…

Look there he goes that’s Johnny Depp no question
In panto wolf garb can’t you tell?
Never dull but still quite bad
Cause his cartoon schtick’s old hat
Still at least he’s gone before too long that Depp

Goodbye!
So long!
Can we go home now?
Goodbye!
So long!
We’ve had enough
Our pain, right now,
Is so intensive
There must be more to this insipid tripe!

Look there she goes that girl is so familiar
It’s Anna Kendrick all is well
With a Cinderella look
That’s more stage than storybook
Fingers crossed she’ll be the one to break the spell

Oh! Isn’t this amazing?
It’s our favourite part because you’ll see
Here’s where she meets Prince Charming
But we won’t discover if he’s straight until act three

Now it’s no wonder this was made by Disney
These films are such an easy sell
But behind its safe facade
Twisted pleasures to be had
Very different from the usual fluff
It’s nothing like their usual stuff
Yes different from the usual fluff hurrah!

Right from the moment when Chris Pine starts splashing
Bare-chested by a waterfall
In this film there’s only he
Who’s as camp as camp can be
Did we mention he can sing a bit as well?

Look there, he goes, him off the telly
It’s James, Corden, oh he’s quite good!
There’s more, to come, you won’t believe it
This is such a fun, dark, weird, enchanting film
There’s so much more to this than meets the eye!
Turns out it’s not just some insipid tripe!

Look here’s the deal it’s better than expected
We’re not too stubborn to admit
It’s a pity and a sin, the songs are spread so thin
But this really is a joyous film
A delightful and surprising film
It really is a joyous film
Sondheim!

Published 8 Jan 2015

Tags: Anna Kendrick Emily Blunt Meryl Streep

Anticipation.

Hard to get too excited about another Disney musical.

Enjoyment.

A spellbinding, star-studded triumph.

In Retrospect.

The songs will be stuck in your head for days.

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