Friday, December 26, 2014

Movie Review: Into the Woods

Saw it yesterday morning.  It was the first showing of the day, and it was sold out. I got one of the last tickets. Woot! It's a Christmas miracle!  There were a few seats in the row ahead of me that had actually been oversold, several times, which led to some interesting usher interactions to watch while the previews were playing.    I've never seen the Broadway show, so it was new to me.  Meryl Streep as the witch is fantastic, of course.  For those of you who might be going to see it because of Johnny Depp, be advised that his part is only about five minutes long.

The story moves right along, and although the complexity of Sondheim's lyrics don't really lead to any big showstoppers, I was singing "Into the woods, la la la la" and "AAAAAAGONY" all afternoon, and the melodies sure do stick with you.

Very entertaining, and a fine way to spend a couple of hours.


bridgett said...

We loved it too. They simplified the narrative somewhat by eliminating some subplots, but not in a way that harmed the overall story.

Happy New Year!

rockygrace said...

I heard that some stage versions leave off the entire killing-the-giant ending, but that would've made for an awfully short movie.

And Happy New Year to you and yours!