If you go to IMDb, you will notice that Into the Woods was nominated for three Oscars. Meryl Streep accounts for one of those nominations since any role she’s cast in gets an automatic nod. The other two were production and costume design, the only thing this movie had going for it.
We all know Anna Kendrick can sing. She’s very talented in that regard and carried a Pitch Perfect franchise through three movies. Emily Blunt can also sing, but not at Kendrick’s level. Much to anyone surprise, including me, is that James Corden can carry a tune and should never be mocked for the roles he decides to take because he’s pretty good at acting.
Now that I have praised all those people, I don’t think Streep is a good singer. Johnny Depp is a terrible singer, and Chris Pine really should stick to acting and not take on any other singing roles.
I’ve talked a lot about singing because this film is a musical about fairy tale legends. I’m almost 40 years old, and I can not list all the movies that are based on fairy tales. However, what I can tell you is we don’t need any more of them! Into the Woods took several of the more famous stories and mashed them together. Instead of dialogue and a catchy storyline, they just decided to sing everything and give us a rather straight forward story with a predictable ending.
There wasn’t a whole lot to laugh about, get excited about, or even enjoy in this movie. Despite a few nominations here and there, this was not a good enough movie to merit such accomplishments. Personally, I feel the film was only successful based on the cast members and not their performances.
If you’ve seen one of these fairy tales in one form or another, you’ve seen them all. Singing or no singing, this movie only wins points for who is on the poster. 3/10