After a foray into action/adventure territory with a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) has now returned to the musical genre to adapt into film Into the Woods, a beloved Broadway production in which classic fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Bean Stalk, are woven together into one narrative and lampooned before being subverted in the musical’s dark second act. Woods features a top-notch ensemble, including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.
Rebecca: Sick of the trend of movie stars singing and dancing onscreen to prove their craft? Well, then, blame Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) and—perhaps more successfully—Rob Marshall. Marshall’s first major directorial effort, 2002’s Chicago, was a commercial and critical success that won the Best Picture Academy Award and snagged Catherine Zeta-Jones an Oscar. Unfortunately, Marshall returned to the genre in 2009 with Nine, a celebrity talent show masquerading as a movie that failed to win the box office or award-show prestige.
So has Marshall redeemed himself with Into the Woods?