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Into The Woods Delivers

Into the Woods

This Christmas, the movie pickings seemed a little slim. Then along comes ‘Into The Woods’ and we are delivered a Christmas miracle. The movie is based off a book written by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The film directed by Rob Marshall, who has been hit or miss over his career, but this Christmas he;s visited by the ghost of Christmas past. In 2002, at Christmas time, Chicago came out, and won Best Picture. Tis the season for comebacks, as Marshall has done it again, just in time for Christmas, over a decade later.

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Visually, the movie is stunning. And this is no small part of why it never bores. The narrative moves quick, and great song are frequent. For those unfamiliar with it’s past iterations, ‘Into the Woods’ is basically a Grimm Brothers fairy tale mash up.

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The cast is perfect, and they really deliver on the material. Some films make we I wonder if the actors knew they were in the process of making something magical, or if they didn’t realize it until they saw see the finished project.  Though all performances are solid, a few stand out: Streep as the witch, Corden and Blunt (Yes, she can sing, quite well in fact) as the Baker and his wife, and Depp as the wolf all shine. Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and Chris Pine as Prince Charming steal the show. When they are on screen the movie really clicks.

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I wanted to make sure i mention two of the show stopping numbers. Kendrick delivers on the song “On the Steps of the Palace”, as the princess not sure she wants a prince. Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen, as the princes comparing who has it rougher in love. turn the song “Agony” into a show stopper. When I saw it in the theater, that song received a round of applause (When was the last time you saw that in a theater?).

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Christmas is one of the biggest movie theater days of the year. And this year we got Into the Woods. If you love musicals, it’s a must see.

The Robot