Into the Woods

Movie Review: “Into the Woods”

Oh, they may not have trucked in superheroes but they had more than their share of flawed protagonists, villains, and, better still, complicated life lessons to impart. The oral folk tales collected and put to paper by the Brothers Grimm weren’t merely enthralling (if chiding), they were road maps for navigating existentially dark forests. Of course, you already know all this. Yet, it’s wonderfully satisfying that in a year that saw X-Men and Avengers and even Guardians, 2014 ends with an ensemble of old-school misadventurers and a few troublesome baddies in “Into the Woods.” Cinderella, the Baker and his wife, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of Beanstalk fame and Rapunzel make director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine Broadway music...