Into the Woods

Into the Woods
Into the Woods
  • PG
  • 2h 5m
  • 2014
Fresh71%
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From the director of Chicago and the producer of Wicked comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture Into the Woods. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh71%
Critics Consensus: On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.
Reviews
The Atlantic
Sophie Gilbert
Fresh

When it comes to navigating how to be both a family-friendly holiday crowdpleaser and a faithful a...

June 25, 2017
Us Weekly
Mara Reinstein
Fresh

A disclaimer: Despite a dizzying and delightful first half, the film ultimately devolves into a ve...

June 25, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

Meryl Streep luxuriates in her blue wig as the vengeful Witch who's also a moral compass.

June 25, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

Worth seeing.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sondheim's fairy tale musical is dark, complex, sublime.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Into the Woods is a beautiful, clever, frequently funny, sometimes somber, and ultimately uplifting take on classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, based on the beloved musical by Stephen Sondheim. Its presentation of characters like Cinderella, Prince Charming, and more as very flawed people may be confusing or upsetting for younger kids; there's lots to think about here, but it's pretty emotionally complicated stuff. A lascivious wolf preys on a young girl, children lose and are separated from their parents, sympathetic characters die, handsome princes aren't all they appear to be, and there's no promise of happy ending for anyone. Meryl Streep's wicked witch might terrify younger kids, and giants wreak havoc upon the land and terrorize its residents -- but for the most part, the scares are mild. There's no strong language to speak of (though some of the brilliant lyrics are tricky to follow); characters do kiss, and there's an illicit tryst between a couple who are married to others. But teamwork is valued, family is found in unexpected places, and characters tackle moral dilemmas in ways that will resonate with viewers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 24, 2014
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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