'Into the Woods' impressive if not embraceable

December 19, 2014 8:06 AM

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"Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim fairy-tale musical that sent up every contrivance and cliche that The Brothers Grimm could cook up, earns a lush, grand and star-studded production for the big screen. Disney brought out and bought the big guns - director Rob "Chicago" Marshall, Meryl "Mamma Mia!" Streep and Anna "Pitch Perfect" Kendrick.

There's even a role for the one-time rocker turned Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, in this no-expense-spared extravaganza.

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