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|Originaltitel:||Into the Woods|
|Genre:||Music movie, Fantasy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 125 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
A simple baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) want nothing more than to finally have a child. But many years ago a witch (Meryl Streep) put a curse on the baker's family. To banish it, the pair of old witches would have to get some important ingredients for a magic potion. For this they have to dive deep into the woods around their village, where they meet Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and many other fairy tale characters. But just as they approach the point where it's usually "And they lived happily ever after", the action takes an unexpected, dark turn…
The Broadway Musical "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim weaves different fairy tales in a very amusing way - from "Cinderella" to "Hans and the bean tendril" to "Rapunzel" and "Little Red Riding Hood" - into a weird, black humorous whole. The musical premiered almost 800 times on Broadway and won several Tony Awards. Rob Marshall, who has already transported musical hits from the stage to the big screen with "Chicago" and "Nine", now dares to tackle the difficult task of realizing "Into the Woods" as a film musical suitable for the masses. He's got a really great cast for that: Meryl Streep as a witch, Johnny Depp as a bad wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella or Chris Pine as a prince in love with herself can prove their acting and singing talent here.
Although the story would have had the potential for it, Marshall resisted the temptation to spice up the musical with big special effects. There are some very good computer effects, but most of the time the actors act on atmospheric sets, which sometimes reflect the stage feeling of the musical very well. Big events like Jack's visit to the land of the giants take place in secret and are only reported to the audience in the songs. Which brings us to the central theme: the songs! If you watch "Into the Woods", you have to be aware that this isn't a movie with a few vocal parts, but that in about 90 percent of the more than two hours of running time the singing is sometimes more, sometimes less good. Since the melodies of Stephen Sondheim aren't exactly known for their catchiness, this can also be very exhausting for non-musical fans.
In addition it has to be clear that this isn't a children's movie despite the fairy tale theme. Although the film adaptation was a little bit weakened in comparison to the stage version, it's still very dark here, especially in the second half. The humor is very bad at times and some scenes could be a little bit disturbing for young viewers. Whoever is aware of all this and who can get involved with the music, will have a lot of fun with this weird ride through the fairytale world. The songs, which are presented in the English original with German subtitles, are full of wonderful wordplay and the play of the actors is filled with wonderful self-irony. The vocal duel of the two vain princes, for example, is performed in such an affected manner that it is difficult not to break out into a resounding laughter here.
Like so many other musical adaptations, "Into the Woods" will also have a hard time addressing a broad audience in Germany. But those who already had fun with "Sweeney Todd" and let themselves be captivated by "Les Miserables" will have a fabulously good time in the cinema. Alone for the good-humoured and pleasantly self-ironic ensemble, as well as the great equipment there is then also a smashing: Worth seeing
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