'Into the Woods' starts strong but magic fades, reviews say

December 23, 2014 8:10 PM

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Part of the subversive appeal of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" is that it gleefully skewers well-known fairy-tale tropes. It's perhaps a bit ironic, then, that film critics are saying the new big-screen adaptation doesn't quite end happily ever after.

According to early reviews of the Christmas Day release, the star-studded film — featuring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and more — has much to offer but can't quite sustain the magic all the way through.

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