Into The Woods (Cert PG, 120 mins)
Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen , Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford, Tracey Ullman.
WALT Disney and Stephen Sondheim are yoked together for Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the 1987 hit musical, in which famous fairytale characters are confronted with the reality of living happily ever after.
Into The Woods is a visually sumptuous musical fantasy. Light comedy and heartrending tragedy skip hand in hand in James Lapine’s screenplay and Sondheim’s music and lyrics, which are ambrosia for acclaimed director Marshall.
He propelled the 2002 film version of Chicago to Oscar glory.
This has nearly as much razzle dazzle including gorgeous costumes, picturesque sets and digitally enhanced magical effects.
Meryl Streep is typically spellbinding. Her voice soars and our hearts break in her ode to motherhood, Stay With Me.
James Corden and Emily Blunt, who turns out to be the real star of the film, add to the film’s emotional heft, while Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen are hysterical as regal brothers in their chest-beating, thigh-slapping duet Agony atop a cascading waterfall.