Into The Woods Review Disney Fairytale Musical Has An All Star Cast But Its No Frozen

Into The Woods review: Disney fairytale musical has an all-star cast but it's no Frozen

Into The Woods review: Disney fairytale musical has an all-star cast but it's no Frozen

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A year after releasing their biggest ever film – Frozen – Disney have high hopes for their latest musical, a live-action family film based on a series of beloved fairytales.

The only fly in the ointment is that the Mouse House’s new offering doesn’t come with any memorable tunes.

Five minutes after leaving the cinema you’ll be lucky to remember a single one. There’s no Let It Go here – and for a musical, that represents a major problem.

James Corden and Emily Blunt are a young couple who are cursed never to have a child by Meryl Streep’s wicked witch.

To lift the hex, they must collect four items in just three days, namely the shawl of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella’s golden slipper, a lock of Rapunzel’s hair and the cow being taken to market by a lad called Jack.

If you think of it as a fairytale mixtape, you can’t fault the plot that takes the choicest moments from each tale and melds them into a reasonably seamless whole.

PAWhat a hoot: At least Meryl Streep seemed to enjoy herself

The cast also includes Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Tracey Ullman, and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf, but musicals rarely allow for much thesping and that’s very much the case here.

Nobody particularly stands out, although Streep clearly had a hoot as the frazzled, blue-haired crone who appears now and then in a flash of lightning.

Less impressive is Depp, once more mistaking the increasingly tiresome other-worldly shtick he’s been doling out since the first Pirates Of The Caribbean flick for proper acting.

Then there’s James Corden, whose inexplicable success in the States – he’s just landed his own chat show on CBS – means he’s actually become leading-man material.

They’re welcome to him for, as ever, Britain’s most slappable man brings his winsome mix
of over-earnestness and breathless, puppy-dog enthusiasm to proceedings.

Heck, you could make him the star of a Charles Manson biopic and he’d still sound like someone reading a story on Jackanory.

The Reel Lowdown

Best Quote: Cinderella’s Prince: “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”

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