Into the Woods: A Journey with the Stars

Arianna Howard, Staff Writer

Released on Christmas Day, Into The Woods, directed by Rob Marshall, has received rave reviews and is nominated for three Golden Globe awards. With cast members like Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp, it is absolutely a compilation of talent.

The movie itself is two hours and four minutes long with a PG rating, most saying that it’s not quite a movie you should bring young children to. It follows the original Grimm tales, making it a bit graphic and dark.

The whole cast gives a stunning musical performance as well as just acting. Some even say that Chris Pine managed to outshine Meryl Streep. How he does, though, should remain a secret until you see the movie. The movie is filled with plot twists and great comedy, as well as tear-jerking moments.

The score is chilling, definitely reflecting its writer Stephen Sondheim. Everyone can say that they like at least one song from the soundtrack which has 50 songs total.

Onto the stars, Johnny Depp isn’t on screen for very long but if you could describe his performance in one word, it would certainly be pedophilic. Emily Blunt is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Golden Globe as well as Meryl Streep for Best Supporting Actress.

However, many say that the last hour and fifteen minutes is quite the drag. There really isn’t all that much action in it and it is where things take an even darker turn, only being saved by a few of the tracks in that period. Seeing it for a second time, I was actually tempted to leave for the last of the movie.

All in all, the movie is worth seeing, if only for watching another glimpse of Chris Pine.