Movie review: Don't be afraid to go 'Into the Woods'

December 24, 2014 4:03 PM

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Theater fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The movie adaptation of “Into the Woods” is a worthy trip into the fairy-tale land from masterminds Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, who brought the musical to the stage in 1987. With cinematic panache and Rob Marshall at the helm, the screen version gets it right and gets it dark — not as dark as on stage, perhaps, but the PG rating and feared Disney-fication haven’t hurt the tone one bit.

Mr. Marshall, the director behind the Oscar-winning musical “Chicago” and the less successful “Nine,” has collaborated with Sondheim and Lapine to re-create their warped world with a lot of help from an all-star cast, led by the do-no-wrong grand dame of Hollywood, Meryl Streep. She plays the Witch ...

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