In theatres for the holidays from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Pictures comes a twisted fairy tale when you head INTO THE WOODS.

This film tells the story of a witch (Meryl Streep) who is looking for a life she lost. They only way to get it back is to make a deal with the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) to obtain certain items that the witch can not touch. In exchange they are promised a child of their own.

That would be too easy except Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her step-mother (Christine Baranski) along with step-sisters Florinda (Tammy Blanchard) and Lucinda (Lucy Punch) with a Prince (Chris Pine) but also Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and his Mother (Tracey Ullman), of course Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and the Prince (Billy Magnussen) and finally Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and Wolf (Johnny Depp).

So the gang is all here and not exactly as you remember them because fairy tales have their own twists when the pages mash together!

FINAL WORD: Let me go over this quickly because I have a pie baking in the oven, ready?

Kendrick is fine, Baranski always cracks me up, Pine just didn’t need to be there, Ullman had me begging for her to break into her own Latrine-witch mode from ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS.

Depp doesn’t wolf around long enough for me to comment, Crawford was fine, Magnussen gets to prince around a little and Mauzy is fine.

My winner is Huddlestone and probably because I remember him as Gavroche in LES MISERABLES. He was awesome in that role and it gave me a reason to enjoy him in the role of Jack. Good going kid!

Other cast include: Annette Crosbie as Granny, Richard Glover as Steward, Frances de la Tour as Giant, Tug as Milky-White, Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s Mother, and Simon Beale as Baker’s Father.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give INTO THE WOODS three tubs of popcorn out of five. I’m sure I’m going to get angry faces when I say this but man oh man I couldn’t wait for this to be over! I think I would have had a better time seeing the Broadway musical version on stage. Why? Because that’s where it belongs! Here we go again with me saying the same about books to film works here with Broadway to film – just stop – please!

This went on and on with story jumping and scene mashing. Now it did make me really miss ONCE UPON A TIME on Sunday nights which is my guilty pleasure – minus the warbling.

Streep was the high note for me because she is just fantastic in everything she does. As the witch I loved when she got annoyed with the fairy tale characters – maybe I felt a kinship with her. Even with heavy make up she lets it all flow through her and for that I hope she wins a lot during award season.

As for the rest I can’t even go into it because I know there are so many fans out there. So go and enjoy.

In the end – curses make a mess!

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