After a humiliating commando performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Written by
Rob Marshall was inspired to do a film version of "Into the Woods" after President Barack Obama quoted one of the musical's most popular songs, "No One is Alone", during a memorial service on the 10th anniversary of September 11th terrorist attacks. He said to the families of the victims, "You are not alone. No one is alone." Though the reference was likely unintentional, Marshall stated that the reference made the musical relevant and saw it as "a fairytale for the post-9/11 generation." See more »
The hair that the Baker's wife takes from Rapunzel is considerably shorter in subsequent shots. See more »
A good adaptation of a fantastic musical, the rating does not do it justice.
I enjoyed the movie a lot, it has been many years since i saw "Into the Woods" as a live musical and the film was a nice reminder of why i loved the story so much back then and still do.
In short: It's DEFINITELY not for everyone and i think that is reflected in the very harsh, partially unjust ratings and comments. The adaptation is very close to the original and executed beautifully though and fans will have a good time watching it.
If you enjoyed the original musical or "dramatic comedy musicals" in general then i recommend watching it.
If you expect some Tim Burton-esque "Alice through the Looking Glass" film you will be disappointed because that is NOT what this is despite what the trailer might suggest.
8/10 but i understand that it is only enjoyable for a very specific audience (and definitely not for kids or most teens!).
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