Into The Woods Thursday, 20 June 2019

Into The Woods

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Sincerely charming.

  • Starring:

    Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy

  • Directed by:

    Rob Marshall

  • Running time:

    125 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are whacked, smacked, stalked, pushed, foot-stamped, locked in a tower, stabbed/cut open, ear-grabbed, hair-pulled, tackled, tripped, near-trampled, thrown from a moving vehicle/horse, smacked against a wall, bird-swooped, banished, hit with objects, sucked into the ground, cheek-pinched, belittled. Door blown off hinges, theft. Earthquake, tumbling towers/trees. People fall down (tower, embankment/cliff). Howling, growling, screaming, arguing, yelling. Being robbed, raped mentioned. Blood/gore: Toe, heel cut off (off-screen). Blood/scratches on eyes/face; blood on object. Animals/characters die. Eating people, skinning animal, slashing someone, killing beasts/animals, grinding bones mentioned. Bandages, blindness.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Rape mentioned (metaphoric). Kissing, flirting. Short skirts, cleavage. Princes rip shirts open to reveal bare chests. Infidelity mentioned. Mild innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Being drunk mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, belittling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Fairy tales, deception, dishonest negotiation, lying, stealing, childlessness, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, stepmothers, poverty, magic, curses, resurrection, blindness, beauty, sacrifice, resilience, maturation, musicals, mashups.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mothers, grandmothers, blindness mentioned. Wolf-man, giants, witch, ghosts/apparitions, mice, cow, ravens, snakes, horses, birds. Thunder, lightning, full moon, dark woods.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Twisty, enchanting, dark, captivating, witty, classy, entertaining, charming, humorous, poignant, touching, wonderful, wintry, solid, satsifying, glorious, modern. All-star ensemble, delightful/mostly perfect cast, old-fashioned storytelling, sharp character portraits, sly humour, strong first half, great/sophisticated score, memorable songs, vigorous fun, intelligent/economical CGI, ravishing cinematography, handsome production design, clever wordplay, demanding compositions, extraordinary source material.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Claustrophobic, messy. Some mis-casting, weaker second half (jumbled ideas, convoluted metaphors), some pacing problems, sagging finale.

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