Many audiences have left the Disney-produced fairy tale film, “Into the Woods,” disappointed and with little right to be.
Certainly, the studio is to fault for not clearing up the confusion surrounding the film. Too many people have left screenings surprised they just watched a musical and many others probably were in shock when the film doesn’t end with Cinderella’s marriage to the prince.
But moviegoers should have seen this coming.
The film, a clear adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 Broadway musical of the same name, is a darker intersection of several classic fairytales, including “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rightly rated “Into the Woods” PG “for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.”
The film is more “Snow White and the Huntsman” than the animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”