What our family thought of the movie "Into the Woods"

Mark and I took Courtland and her friend Lindsay to the Danville Cinema 12 last night to see "Into the Woods," Disney's cinema adaptation of the fantasy musical by the same name. We don't go to the movies too often, and I am very far from a movie critic, but I know what I and my family like. We liked this movie a lot. It was brilliant, really.
Into the Woods was originally a musical theatre production with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine which premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987. It won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical, in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera. This movie adaptation stars, among others, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Tracy Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone (you'll recognize him as having been Gavroche in the Les Miserables two years ago), Emily Blunt, and of course, Meryl Streep as the brilliantly over-the-top witch. The movie is rated PG. My daughter and her friend, ages 10 and 11, enjoyed the movie, but the dark, scary scenes would have been too much for our 7 year old son, who scares easily.  The story intertwines four Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, and creates a tale around a baker and his wife and their next door neighbor, the witch, who sets them on a journey into the woods to break a spell she has cast on their home.  I found this video that explains the art, the music, the fantasy, the story, and the acting behind this film far better than I I am able, so watch this and see for yourself.

I recommend the movie, and hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did. Let me know what you think. It is playing at the Danville Stadium Cinemas 12, in Lynchburg at the Regal River Ridge Stadium 14, and at Palace Point in Roxboro, NC. We have a few more movies on our to-see list. Courtland and her friends want to see Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and I want to see Annie. A friend recommended Night at the Museum 2, which would be right up Carrington's alley. Until then, enjoy the magic and the movie. Maybe I'll see you there.  
xoxo, Erin

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