Chris Pine

Maryl Streep as The Witch in Disney's "Into the Woods."

Into the Woods it’s time to go!

Into the Woods holds a fond place in my heart. In grade school I played the The Wolf in our production of Part 1. So all though I am probably not the target audience, I was very excited for the motion picture adaption of the Broadway play. I remembered my entire solo, and was very pleased with Johnny Depp’s portrayal of The Wolf made famous by me.

Into the Woods stars an ensemble cast of Meryl Street, Emily Blunt, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, and Mackenzie Mauzy. It tells the tale of multiple classic Grimm Fairy Tales with a twist that brings them all together. When a Baker (Cordon) and his wife (Blunt) are told by a witch (Streep) that to lift the curse on their family they must travel into the woods to retrieve the items she needs. While on their journey they come across Little Red Riding Hood (Crawford) Jack (Huttlestone) and his cow, and Cinderella (Kendrick) who is on the run from her Prince (Pine).

I really enjoyed the film. While I’m not one for musicals, I think my small historic connection to the film drew me to it. The cast is phenomenal. There are a few I don’t know, like Cordon, Crawford, and Huttlestone, but they are wonderful. Especially Crawford who plays Little Red. She was so fun to watch on screen and such delight. Chris Pine was a surprise, I wasn’t aware he could sing. All though not the best by any means, he was still really good. Depp plays a small part as The Wolf, but he does it well, and very creepy. Meryl Streep, well she’s Meryl Streep. She is always incredible. However, with the talk of Oscar buzz for her I have to say, this was not an Oscar performance. Just a very good performance.

The story is fun, and it’s cool to see these characters of my childhood intertwine and mix together. The music is as catchy as I remember and draws you into the story. The problem of the film lies in the second act. I always wondered why my school only did the first act, and now I know. The film seems to wrap up perfectly around the 90 minute mark and you think happily ever after has arrived, then all of a sudden it takes a left turn into act II and goes a little off the deep end for another 45 minutes. The characters seem to lose something that made them all special, and even one storyline involving Rapunzel and her Prince is left leaving the audience confused. It is as if they expected us to not really care about them.

The score and sound is of the charts. This is a film you probably want to see in the theater for the sound quality alone. There’s a thunderous effect they add anytime the Witch appears or disappears from screen and it is booming. And the cinematography is beautiful. It is not the top of the game as far as effects go, but it just beautiful to see on screen.

So all in all Into the Woods is a very fun film, and worth your money to see in theaters. I gave it a 4.2 with of .3 for having Johnny Depp play a role made famous by myself, giving Into the Woods a Jeebus score of 4.5, a Good time at the theater.

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Horrible bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

I had not seen the first Horrible Bosses before the day I was going to see Horrible Bosses 2. Every time I would sit down to watch it, it’d either be late and I’d pass out 20 minutes in, or something would come up 20 minutes and I’d have to stop watching. I literally saw the beginning at least 15 times. So I made it a point to finally sit and watch it right before I planned to go to see the second. I enjoyed it as I thought I would, and was ready for the sequel. The Sequel brings back the cast of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Fox, and adds in Christopher Waltz and Chris Pine. The film is directed his go around by Sean Anders.

I really enjoyed this film. I found it freaking hilarious. I actually liked it more than the first. This go around the Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day), and Kurt (Sudeikis) have decided they want to be their own bosses, they no longer want to deal with horrible bosses in the world. They have invented their own product and look to go into business for themselves. When a business tycoon (Waltz) screws them out of their own product they take it among themselves to kidnap his business partner and son (Pine) and hold him ransom.

The story is basic yet different from the first. They don’t suffer from what I call the “Hangover Part II”. They took this opportunity to take the characters and put them in a different situation rather than just rehash the same plot from the first. All the returning characters are great. While in the first film they were dumb but pretty grounded, this movie dials them up to 10. It can seem a little over the top, but it’s pretty hilarious. The new additions, Waltz and Pine, are incredible. Christopher Waltz does what we love to see him do and be the slimy, evil, bad guy. While his son Pine, pulls off an amazing role as just the douchebag millionaire son.

I literally found myself cracking up laughing nearly the entire film. A lot of the jokes hit right on cue and leave you chuckling until the next one hits. The situations, the punchlines, everything. It is incredibly funny. While the first one had some hit and miss comedy, this one really hit a home run for me. I won’t call it the best comedy of the year, it is definitely in the competition.

My only complaint about the film is that while during the second act there are few scenes that maybe drag on a little bit. It probably could have benefited from taking another pass or 2 in the editing room. Maybe trim it down from 108 minutes to 95-100 zone. However, that said, I think if you enjoyed the first, you’re really going to enjoy this one. It’s funny, well-acted, and entertaining all the way through, I’m going a to score it a 4.3 with a .2 bonus for Jennifer Aniston, cause my lord she is hot. Giving Horrible Bosses 2 a Jeebus score of 4.5, a good time at the theater.