Into the Woods

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2014
DVD Release: March 24, 2015
Into the Woods


A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Dove Review

“Into the Woods” is a humorous and imaginative film. It’s not flawless, but it has some funny moments, including a scene in which two princes (Cinderella’s prince and Rapunzel’s prince) are over the top in singing about their love for Cinderella and Rapunzel. They attempt to be sexy as they sing and it’s hilarious at times. Johnny Depp is terrific in basically a cameo role as the Big Bad Wolf, with his plan to eat Little Red Riding Hood. In fact, all of the actors hit the right notes in the movie, including Meryl Streep as the witch, Emily Blunt as the baker’s wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Prince Charming, and Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s prince.

The movie would have been nearly perfect if it had stopped at the 90-minute mark. However, the last half hour of the two-hour film hampers it a bit. At the 90-minute mark, all the stories are wrapped up with a happy ending. In the last half hour, Prince Charming has an affair with the baker’s wife, although she goes back to the baker in the end and knows she was wrong. In addition, a few characters die and, well, as Prince Charming himself says, “I am charming, not sincere.” I think the affair, not to mention a few other plot points, do not serve the story at all. For example, Cinderella moves on and is once again alone. On a positive note, this talented cast can sing and there are a lot of rhyming songs, not to mention the funny scenes. It did get tiring seeing Jack’s mother (as in Jack and the Beanstalk) whack him in the head several times.

Overall this is an entertaining, funny film with a twist on various fairy tales. We are happy to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie takes you into a world of imagination as you journey “into the woods.”

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a few couples; prince has an affair with the baker's wife but they break it off and she returns to the baker, sorry for what has happened.
Language: OMG-1; Fool-1.
Violence: Young man is hit on the head by his mother several times and it is played for laughs; young man is grabbed by the ear a couple of times; it is not shown but supposedly two women have their toes and heels cut off to fit into Cinderella's slippers; girl brandishes knife for protection; giant woman is hit in the head with a stone from a slingshot and she falls over and dies.
Drugs: None
Nudity: There are several scenes which feature cleavage.
Other: A witch uses spell to become young again; it is said a curse was placed by a witch but she gets hers in the end; spell brings dead cow back to life; snakes are seen in the water; tension between characters.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: James Lapine
Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 124 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter