Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. 
Release date: December 25, 2014 
Studio:
Walt Disney Pictures
 
Director:
Rob Marshall
 
MPAA Rating:
PG (for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material)
 
Screenwriter:
James Lapine
 
Starring:
Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Simon Russell Beale, Tammy Blanchard, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie
Genre:
Musical
 
Websites:
Official, Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Wikipedia, Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes

VISUAL REVIEW
by DAVID the BRUCE

18 out of 22!
The overall rating is based on the number of green (Yes, Good, Wow!) tags.


PLOT: A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes.

BECHDEL TEST: Excellent!

DEGGANS’ RULE: Oops! 

 FEMME PRESENCE: Female presence in the cast was exceptionally strong.


 ARTISTIC MERITS: Superb!

 
WHAT DAVID the BRUCE SAYS: Disney goes from “Wish Upon a Star” to “Be Careful What You Wish For.” And the studio returns to the bitter sweet endings of the Brothers Grimm originals. The purpose of fairy tales was to prepare the listener for life-as-it-is. Words cannot describe the beauty and artistry of this magnificent masterpiece of cinematic story telling!

GOOD POINTS: The film is literally heaven on earth. 

IMPROVEMENTS: More People of Color. The original Brothers Grimm fairy tales were keyed to the German experience and tradition, therefore “euro-white.” The tales have since gone international and are now a multi-cultural shared experience. The casting could have reflected this.

CELEBRATE: Collaborative cinematic artistry at its best!

MIS EN SCENE: means “visual theme” or “telling a story”—both in visually artful ways through storyboarding, cinematography and stage design, and in poetically artful ways through direction. Mise-en-scène has been called film criticism’s “grand undefined term”.

MIS EN SCENE: No Green Screen. Real sets. 

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