CINEMA REVIEW: Into The Woods (PG)

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A STAR-STUDDED line-up provides plenty of entertainment in Disney’s latest cinematic release.

Into The Woods is based on the hit Broadway musical that intertwines several Grimm fairytales.

The story revolves around a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who desperately want a child.

They are one day confronted by a witch (Meryl Streep) who confesses she has cursed the baker’s house so that he may not have children, but that she will lift it if they gather four items for her.

As they venture into the woods to fulfil the witch’s shopping list, their story is interweaved with that of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford).

Stars including Chris Pine and Johnny Depp also make appearances in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stage show.

The film, although typically upbeat and Disney-esque, also has a darker edge to it that is actually rather delightful.

For youngsters, it will bring the famous stories to them in a whole new light, and those familiar with the Grimm classics will enjoy seeing the tales portrayed with their original darkened roots.

Admittedly, although being a huge fan of Disney and musicals, I was a little put off by Corden.

I’m not particularly fond of the actor and worried that his central role in the cast may be a little too much, but I’m glad I didn’t let it deter me.

The film is wonderfully fun and delightfully dark and it’s catchy songs are certain to get stuck in your head.

Musical films are sometimes guilty of using big names to sell tickets rather than actors who can actually sing – but this isn’t one of them.

Each star does an impeccable job, in particular film newbie Huttlestone, who many will recognise as Gavroche from the film version of Les Misérables.

A sexy sing-off between the two Princes, portrayed by Pine and Billy Magnussen, is a particularly golden moment.

People of all ages will adore this film. It’s destined to become a firm favourite.

Into The Woods is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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