Prior to watching this movie Into the Woods, I knew nothing about the story. I have never seen the musical although I sure would like to! I chose this movie because I love fairy tales and the incredible cast.
Into the Woods is a musical about a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who long to have a baby. They discover a witch (Meryl Streep) put a curse on their house long ago and, in order to lift the curse and have the ability to have a baby, they must fulfill the witch's tasks within three nights. This musical combines four fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel) whose characters end up interacting with each other many times during the movie. A lot of the movie takes place in the woods and it's fun to see how the fairy tales twist together. The main cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. This movie is rated PG and is 125 minutes long.
My husband agreed to watch this with me and we both enjoyed it, even though it took us some time to adjust to the musical feel of it. We both like some musicals but we weren't sure what to expect from it. We watched this four days ago and I had to ponder how to rate this and express my feelings on it. The singing is beautiful and I really enjoyed the acting. It was funny at times and I liked seeing how the actors portrayed the fairy tales that I already knew. I feel like there are five separate storylines (all four fairy tales plus the baker and baker's wife's story) and, at the end, they all end up interacting with each other to accomplish their tasks. At times, I started to lose interest only because I often don't watch musicals and they aren't my first choice to watch but I'm glad we finished it because we both ended up liking it.
Overall, we liked this movie/musical, although it was definitely different. I'd say you should probably have some interest in musicals if you are considering buying this. If you don't like musicals, you might not find this that interesting. For me, I bought it because I love fairy tales, I loved the cast, and I like musicals. I think it might be easier to follow if I saw it on stage but I still enjoyed it. I can't say that I will watch this movie that often but I'm glad I watched it. If you know someone who owns this, you might want to borrow it first before you buy it in case you don't like it that much. I recommend this if you enjoy musicals, fairy tales, and a great cast!