I should start this review by saying that I’m a huge Into the Woods fan. I’ve been performing in musical theater since I was 11 years old, and have seen tons of musicals. Into the Woods is my favorite – I saw the revival on Broadway three times. As a middle school student I would most on musical message boards and chat about Into the Woods all afternoon. So when I heard they were making a movie of it, I was both “excited and scared,” as Little Red Riding Hood would say. Excited to see it come to the big screen, but scared they might ruin it.
I have to say, overall, I was very pleased. I might have loved it – I’m still deciding and would like to see it again, but I definitely liked it a lot. For the most part they stuck really closely to the original musical. Most of the dialogue and songs that were in it were the same, it was only some plot points that were changed and stuff that was cut. I was really, really impressed by the performances in it, as I’m sometimes skeptical of Hollywood stars taking on Broadway tunes. Luckily, they definitely pulled it off.
Spoilers will follow from here on out, so if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know, come back after you’ve watched the movie!