Originally, I was going to do a review of Fantastic Four. However, I didn’t want to be like countless carrion eaters picking off the remains of absolute badness. We know the film is terrible. There are still tons of folks out there who don’t want to admit it yet. I don’t blame them, I too wanted this to be a good movie. However, that wasn’t the only disappointing summer film. I know there’s many who were sad that Pixels didn’t live up to the immense hype, resulting in some undeserved vitriol and relentless hatred. And of course, there’s that Paul Blart sequel… but, I doubt anyone thought that would be good. All in all, while the summer has brought some smash hits like Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ant Man, Avengers 2, Spy and some others; there’s always the flop. Let’s dive deeper at the sad side of blockbuster cinema.
After I saw this as a theatre production at my old college, I pondered for a while as to how it would be as a movie. Well, fast forward a couple years and Disney’s adaptation has been released. This version of the film stays pretty true to the original stage play by Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods was originally released in 1986, before becoming a sensation across numerous theatres around the world throughout the ’90s and “turn of the millennium.”
Personally, I was never a huge fan of the original play nor of most stage musicals in general. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to see this adaptation, but it’s rare I go out to see musical based films. That said a mixture of joining my family for a movie during the holidays as well as supporting local acting talent (i.e. Meryl Streep hails from my hometown) were among primary reasons. While some might argue this automatically disqualifies me from reviewing this film entirely (as many aficionados hailing from YouTube comments, various blog sites, and other sources of opinions may proclaim), I’m still a film viewer full of opinions that I’m willing to share. So, let’s take a trip Into The Woods!
“Magic. Gives me the shakes what you can buy in this town.”
Cast A Deadly Spell is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy with a late 1940s Film Noir backdrop. This alternate history of LA features a city gone mad after magic becomes just as common practice as sports night at the pub. Occultists and mobsters seek far and wide for diabolic tomes and eldritch artifacts. Even our main character shares his office with a witch. So, welcome to Las Angeles; where you won’t just need a gun, but a book of spells too!