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!