‘Into the Woods’ a fine adaptation of beloved Sondheim musical

December 24, 2014 5:09 PM

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The audience for “Into the Woods” will likely be divided into two unequal portions. On one side will be the Sondheim fanatics (fair warning: I’m one) and people who’ve seen a stage production of the show, legit, community, or high school. On the other will be the vast majority who will head into this expecting the latest Johnny Depp movie and experience severe karmic distress when people open their mouths and start singing. Both groups probably need to adjust their expectations.

The fanatics will find plenty of nits to pick, but it’s a fair-to-fine film adaptation of a Sondheim musical, which already puts it near the front of a very small pack, after Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd,” perhaps, but ahead of the dire 1977 “A Little Night Music.” (“West Side Story,” to which Sondhei...

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