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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Stephen Sondheim "Into the Woods"

B is going through a good run of film choices at the moment. This is the third very good film in a row that she has chosen.

We like Sondheim musicals. "Into the Woods" was the first we saw in a theatre, the Theatre Royal here in York, about fifteen years ago. Another of his, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", again at Theatre Royal, was one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

The film was very enjoyable, full of small, cameo performances, including Johnny Depp as the Wolf, great production, scenery and costumes. The plot covers several fairy tales all rolled together, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Repunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, this makes the plot very difficult to describe but, basically, the childless couple (James Corden and Emily Blunt) have to go into the wood to lift a curse on their horse by the witch (Meryl Streep) to complete a number of tasks. Silly stuff but well written and scored.

Good to see Tracey Ullman, first time for many years

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