'Into the Woods' Review: Musical Movie Hits the Right Notes

December 23, 2014 5:02 PM

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'Into the Woods' Review: Musical Movie Hits the Right Notes

Have you heard the one about the kid named Jack who has to sell his pet cow, only to trade it for some beans? How about the little girl in a red hooded shrug that's off to visit her grandmother? Or maybe the servant girl who sneaks out to a Prince's ball, or the girl with the impossibly long hair that people use to visit her atop a doorless tower?

They're all here in "Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's cheeky mash-up of childhood fables; he takes the tone from the likes of the Brothers Grimm and Aesop, and twists it like the gnarled trees that serve as the setting for much of the production.

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