“Into The Woods” happens to be a very good movie. It could probably be excellent, but it is not. Directed by Rob Marshall, from “Chicago”, it is a musical full of characters from the fairy tales by Brothers Grimm.
Though it is a musical, “Into The Woods” sound surprisingly fluent, most for its brilliant songs, and also for its outstanding cast. As always, Meryl Streep has a larger than life presence as the witch, despite all the makeup on her. Irish James Corden again fits perfectly in a film that is supported by music – he is undoubtedly a rising star in his all sympathetic figure. He plays the Baker, who we might say is the main character beside his wife, performed by a highly expressive Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick can perfectly match her girl next door’s beauty as Cinderella, both as maid and as a princess. And Johnny Depp seems to be born to play this irresistibly funny Wolf. Among all these recognizable stars the boy Daniel Huttlestone Daniel Huttlestone calls the spotlight as Jack (the one with the magic beans). Besides the cast, the film also delivers that special feeling of being somewhere out of this world, in this case, the mysterious, thick, humid and deep woods.
Nevertheless, “Into The Woods” fails when interrupts its fast pacing rhythm after Cinderella’s marriage. Though intelligently avoiding to show the adventures of Jack in the land of the Giant and Cinderella’s ball in the Prince’s palace, from this point it slows the pace. The betrayal act of the Baker’s wife is uncomfortable for the viewers, who were sympathetic to her until that moment. The fight against the woman giant seems out of place and its solution is unsatisfying. Moreover, there are two cases of miscasting. First, and most notorious, is Lilla Crawford as the Little Red Riding Hoot – she comes from the Broadway stage play “Annie”, sings beautifully, but looks very annoying and she can’t give a single nice look when on camera. The other case is Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, for his exaggerated performance.
Therefore, “Into The Woods” is a good film. Which is fine and moviegoers will not feel disappointed in watching it. This is a musical far more entertaining than “Les Misérables”.
Obs: No Brasil, o título nacional é “Caminhos da Floresta”.