The theatre was full; it was very busy in general. I give Into The Woods 2 1/2 stars, because I found the story uncompelling and the music was just okay, but I enjoyed the humor and the acting was decent. The bright spot was Depp. He looked like he enjoyed the hell out of it! I would love to get the clip of his part to watch again and again! Glad I went; did enjoy, don't need to see again. One person clapped at the end, which is rare for any audience in these parts!
Good to know you enjoyed Johnny's part I've also read some comments about the movie not being really cohesive but glad to know there are other things to enjoy (like the performance of the cast, etc)
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Saw this today! I'd seen a high school production of it years ago, but didn't remember much. I agree with those who have said the story isn't that compelling. I thought the music was pretty but not altogether memorable. I did appreciate most of the acting, including Johnny's. My biggest impression was Lilla Crawford who played the girl. I had known of her as Annie on Broadway and it was so obvious that she was the theater-trained voice compared to the others who were mostly movie actors who can sing.
I didn't really understand what Sondheim was saying in that article about the creepy predatorial nature of the song. Did he want it to be super sexual and Disney wouldn't do it?
I understand Johnny Depp came up with the idea of using a zoot suit for his Big Bad Wolf costume, true? We were talking about the Wolf, and I was going more with a lifelike wolf-shaped body and with a longer tail, and he said, "Oh, let's do a zoot suit." And also the music was an inspiration because it had a kind of jazzy thing to it. So we went with a zoot but a more animated zoot from the cartoons. I collaborated with an embroiderer who figured out how to make the "fur" collar and tail from thread. They used to make wigs like this in the '20s, and I've always been fascinated by it and wanted to use it some way, and so this was a very good opportunity.
Probably because they just assumed that The Hobbit would be a mega-mega blockbuster, whereas ITW was more of an unknown. They expected it to do well enough to put it out in 2440 theaters, which is a nice, wide release, but maybe they could've opened in a slightly larger number of theaters because I have been reading that a lot of folks experienced sold-out shows. They can always expand it if they think it'll be worth doing so. (Edited to add, I just checked Box Office Mojo, and indeed they expanded it just slightly, by 98 theaters to 2538 theaters for this second week).
For what it's worth, I was out of town for the holidays, visiting family and not really being around anyone who needed to see this movie immediately (though one sister will probably go while it's in theaters), so I didn't go until Sunday. I was a little worried when I heard the people in front of me asking about a later showing, because I thought the cashier must've told them that the next showing was sold out. It wasn't sold out after all- those folks apparently just stopped by to get tickets for a later showing - but my showing had a pretty good crowd
Saw it today! Loved it! Would go again! Not super crowded for a 2:30 showing but it was a multiplex & one had just started in the theater next door at 1:30. Went with my ancient hard-of-hearing mom & a sister. We all loved it. Lots of people of all ages, from 5 or so up to quite old. Nobody left. People often laughed & reacted very appropriately. No one left early or talked or snored. Seemed to enjoy it. Loved Johnny & wanted more wolf but knew his appearance would be brief. "agony" song: everyone laughed; stay with me very moving; Emily blunt's or/and song wonderful. Hope everyone who wants to will get to see it!
Saw it this evening with my daughter in the pouring rain. Theater quite crowded, 6:30 pm show. Like Brahms, we saw lots of different ages and groups - children with parents, groups of teens, older couples and trios of women. I found it deeply affecting. The story is so very rich with insights about life that it had me in tears near the end -- the part about losing people. A very satisfying exploration of wishes and hopes. I truly love Sonheim. Johnny of course was brilliant and perfection. I found myself wishing that the wolf could come back -- but that wasn't the nature of the story and, in the end, that's perfectly fine. Hope it wins some awards.