Why watch one fairy tale when you can have them all?
Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Into The Woods combines the most famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales into one story, featuring classic characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Hiding Hood all together on the big screen. The plot is tied together by a new story that revolves around the curse an evil witch has placed on a baker and his wife.
While Cher, Robin Williams and Goldie Hawn were all linked to roles for Into The Woods back in the early nineties, Marshall has since assembled an impressive cast of his own for this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic show, including Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep in her first musical since Mamma Mia.
Fortunately, Into The Woods doesn’t feature any more Abba, but the big screen adaptation will include a number of popular songs from the stage show, such as “Agony,” “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “No One Is Alone” and “On the Steps of the Palace.” Eager to hear if the Hollywood stars can match the original Broadway talent? The new trailer is only a click away…
Into The Woods looks far better than other recent fantasy fare such as Maleficent. Although the tone may ultimately come across as somewhat cheesy, that’s befitting of a family musical and aside from James Corden, who clearly sold his soul and possibly more to Hollywood, the cast is also looking fantastic. Maybe even Johnny Depp can reclaim some dignity after the abomination that was Transcendence.
What do you think? Will Into The Woods be the breakout musical of the year? Will Marshall remain faithful to the source material? And will anyone believe that James Corden and Emily Blunt could actually be a couple? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Into the Woods is currently scheduled for release on January 9 2015.