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The trailer for Stephen Sondheim's musical fairytale Into the Woods is here!

07.31.2014

For those of you looking forward to Stephen Sondheim's next big-screen adaptation, INTO THE WOODS, the first trailer is finally here to give us a taste. If you're unfamiliar with the stage play, it premiered on Broadway in 1987, ran for 764 performances, and won Tony Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Director Rob Marshall is taking on directing duties, and given his musical experience with CHICAGO, he looks to be the right man for the job.

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Although it makes sense here, I love trailers that place music at the forefront. There was some controversy in several plot changes that were done to bring the stage play to screen, but writer/composer Stephen Sondheim seemed okay with said changes, so I don't think I'll let that ruin my experience either. This looks to give us a nice twist on classic fairytale characters, and I'm really digging the dark, Gothic tones on display. I don't consider myself a musical connoisseur, but I'll be first in line to check this out.

INTO THE WOODS, starring Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and Meryl Streep, will head into the theaters on December 25, 2014.

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10:48AM on 08/04/2014
This honestly looks terrific.
As an absolute Sondheim snob, I'm thrilled this has finally found its way to the big-screen.
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The 'sanitization' of the story was completely overblown--Jack's Mother still dies, as does the Baker's Wife (after her 'tryst' with the Prince, and "Any Moment", which IS in the film). The majority of the score is intact (minus a few changes which are unfortunate, but it is what it is). The only real divergence from the original show is that Rapunzel does not
This honestly looks terrific.
As an absolute Sondheim snob, I'm thrilled this has finally found its way to the big-screen.
SPOILERS
The 'sanitization' of the story was completely overblown--Jack's Mother still dies, as does the Baker's Wife (after her 'tryst' with the Prince, and "Any Moment", which IS in the film). The majority of the score is intact (minus a few changes which are unfortunate, but it is what it is). The only real divergence from the original show is that Rapunzel does not die (although perhaps recent re-shoots corrected this? It's a rumor at this point), which although not right, is acceptable given the faithfulness of the rest of the piece.
Meryl Streep is frankly somewhat miscast (Catherine Zeta-Jones or Michelle Pfeiffer would have been much more appropriate...and Charlize Theron would be perfect if she could sing it), that said, Streep will act the role so well, it won't matter ultimately.
Very excited for Blunt and Kendrick, particularly knowing how many stars Blunt beat out for the role.
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7:05PM on 07/31/2014

Too early to tell

Looks great and has a great cast but no sign of their vocal talents. It is a teaser but would have liked a little bit more
Looks great and has a great cast but no sign of their vocal talents. It is a teaser but would have liked a little bit more
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2:59PM on 07/31/2014
I'm cautiously optimistic after hearing that the plot has been sanitized, but I love Sondheim and this movie has been a long time coming. The trailer gave me chills so I certainly am looking forward to it! I hope we get a new trailer with lots and lots of singing in it, hopefully a few lines of "Children Will Listen" from Streep. Also hope that this is a success so a Wicked film can finally come to fruition.
I'm cautiously optimistic after hearing that the plot has been sanitized, but I love Sondheim and this movie has been a long time coming. The trailer gave me chills so I certainly am looking forward to it! I hope we get a new trailer with lots and lots of singing in it, hopefully a few lines of "Children Will Listen" from Streep. Also hope that this is a success so a Wicked film can finally come to fruition.
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2:35PM on 07/31/2014

This is a mix of 3 things that have been done to death.

1) Dark adaptations of fairy tales.
2) Musical adaptations of fairy tales.
3) Adaptations of fairy tales that combine several characters.
1) Dark adaptations of fairy tales.
2) Musical adaptations of fairy tales.
3) Adaptations of fairy tales that combine several characters.
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2:51PM on 07/31/2014
...you do realize Into the Woods is a 1986 broadway musical. This is an adaptation lol.
...you do realize Into the Woods is a 1986 broadway musical. This is an adaptation lol.
3:33PM on 07/31/2014
Into the Woods was the original Shrek. It turns these fairy tales on their heads... Though sometimes the results are dark and not as funny. Act 1 is the typical happy fairytale... Act 2, shit hits the fan
Into the Woods was the original Shrek. It turns these fairy tales on their heads... Though sometimes the results are dark and not as funny. Act 1 is the typical happy fairytale... Act 2, shit hits the fan
5:43PM on 07/31/2014
People learn the hard way that "nice is different from good". It's very clever and it looks like Rob Marshall is giving the material just the right cinematic atmosphere. Shame about some of the edges apparently being sanded off, though.
People learn the hard way that "nice is different from good". It's very clever and it looks like Rob Marshall is giving the material just the right cinematic atmosphere. Shame about some of the edges apparently being sanded off, though.
10:41AM on 08/04/2014
...except this is an adaptation of one of the greatest musical's ever written--the original Broadway production, starring the magnificent Bernadette Peters, is on Netflix, in case you need to inform yourself. "Into The Woods" is no re-hash.
...except this is an adaptation of one of the greatest musical's ever written--the original Broadway production, starring the magnificent Bernadette Peters, is on Netflix, in case you need to inform yourself. "Into The Woods" is no re-hash.
2:10PM on 07/31/2014
As a musical connoisseur, it looks amazing, but heaven forbid they let the general public know there's singing in this film. At least Les Mis embraced that
As a musical connoisseur, it looks amazing, but heaven forbid they let the general public know there's singing in this film. At least Les Mis embraced that
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2:09PM on 07/31/2014

Looks awesome

It's probably not the cool thing around here to like musicals, but Sondheim is an unparalleled genius and I couldn't be more excited about this movie. I think Rob Marshall was a great choice for this I just hope it's more "Chicago" and less "Nine." Can't wait for the full trailer to hear some actual singing.
It's probably not the cool thing around here to like musicals, but Sondheim is an unparalleled genius and I couldn't be more excited about this movie. I think Rob Marshall was a great choice for this I just hope it's more "Chicago" and less "Nine." Can't wait for the full trailer to hear some actual singing.
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2:12PM on 07/31/2014
Dude... Liking musicals is as badass as it gets. When an actor can sing flawlessly ontop of perfect performance and do it live front of 1,000+ people 7 times a week... Brad Pitt would piss himself
Dude... Liking musicals is as badass as it gets. When an actor can sing flawlessly ontop of perfect performance and do it live front of 1,000+ people 7 times a week... Brad Pitt would piss himself
2:25PM on 07/31/2014
^ Lol, glad you agree, Jekkie! Just look at Russell Crowe in Les Miz for an example of a decent actor who completely fell apart when required to add singing to his performance. What a travesty that was...
^ Lol, glad you agree, Jekkie! Just look at Russell Crowe in Les Miz for an example of a decent actor who completely fell apart when required to add singing to his performance. What a travesty that was...
3:31PM on 07/31/2014
Indeed. I was so excited when Paul Bettany was auditioning. Russell got it purely cause someone asked the stupid question "who can physically match Hugh Jackman"

Javert wasn't supposed to. Valjean even sings "I am warning you Javert, I'm a stronger man by far"

Part of me thinks Richard Armitage and Russell Crowe could've switched roles in Hobbit and Les Mis
Indeed. I was so excited when Paul Bettany was auditioning. Russell got it purely cause someone asked the stupid question "who can physically match Hugh Jackman"

Javert wasn't supposed to. Valjean even sings "I am warning you Javert, I'm a stronger man by far"

Part of me thinks Richard Armitage and Russell Crowe could've switched roles in Hobbit and Les Mis
2:09PM on 07/31/2014
Visually, it looks terrific and has a great, talented cast. The tone reminds me of this sunmer's Malificent and I'm enjoying the darker, grittier route of the twisted fairly tales as of late.

Hopefully it delivers.
Visually, it looks terrific and has a great, talented cast. The tone reminds me of this sunmer's Malificent and I'm enjoying the darker, grittier route of the twisted fairly tales as of late.

Hopefully it delivers.
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