Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 6, 2015

Into the Woods - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Into the Woods - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Musicals are a hit and miss affair when it comes to box office magic. Sometimes they work an absolute treat, like Mamma Mia or Grease, sometimes they go on to become cult hits like The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, and sometimes they don't work as well. 

But, with Stephen Sondheim, you’re usually in pretty safe territory. This time he’s back on the big screen with Into the Woods, an intertwining musical that takes elements from a few Brothers Grimm classics, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, with some very catchy tunes added.

With a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp, this is a glitzy musical with gorgeous set design, but a dark, dark heart. We caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…


By God, Anna Kendrick can sing…

If you’ve seen Pitch Perfect, you’ll already know that the Scott Pilgrim Vs The World star can belt out a tune, but her full range is on show here. These aren’t easy songs, some are devastatingly high, but Kendrick delivers them with so much charm and panache. She’s destined for mega stardom.


And so can Emily Blunt…

The Edge Of Tomorrow star isn’t known for her singing, but boy can she! Her duet with Kendrick on ‘Very Nice Prince’ is particularly stunning.


The opening number is stunning…

Clocking it at just under 15 minutes, the film’s opening monologue, which is entirely sung, sets up the film perfectly. It’s incredible to watch.


Chris Pine can do sleazy very well indeed…

Cast here as the all too charming Prince with the permanently wandering eye, Pine goes all in. Tasked with singing in the film’s only power ballad, he gives the kind of over the top performance a young Axl Rose would have been proud of.


Rob Marshall makes a return to form…

Best known for his stunning direction of Chicago and Annie, Marshall has moved out to bigger blockbusters in recent years, taking a seat behind the camera on Memoirs Of A Geisha and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but he’s back in his heartland of glamorous musicals and very much at home. He keeps an unwieldy story together and manages to avoid making the whole thing look too ridiculous. The musical’s dark heart is also very much intact, something fans of the show will be very grateful for.


Into the Woods is in cinemas from Friday (January 9th). You can pick up the soundtrack from our digital store here. It is also available in store now. 

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