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 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

The past Sondheim film adaptations have been one sort of dog or another (with the occasional glimmer of greatness, like Diana Rigg and Alan Rickman).

Now it looks like INTO THE WOODS is being given a go, by Rob Marshall (who thankfully will have very little real dancing to mangle this time).



And why is Johnny Depp in everything now? If he's playing the old man character, he thankfully won't have much to sing (he sounded too much like Davy Jones in SWEENEY TODD for my taste).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

Depp is playing the Big Bad Wolf. And why oh why is Hollywood still doing the "hide the fact that it's a musical" thing?

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Depp is playing the Big Bad Wolf. And why oh why is Hollywood still doing the "hide the fact that it's a musical" thing?


Exactly !

The other thing Hollywood seems to be scared to death of at present is COLOUR !

I see that “Into the Woods” has been shot in the now ubiquitous “Sludge-O-Vision” !

They could save themselves a lot of money by just shooting in black & white. Then we wouldn’t have to see ANY of those nasty colours, would we ? mad

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Depp is playing the Big Bad Wolf. And why oh why is Hollywood still doing the "hide the fact that it's a musical" thing?


Exactly !

The other thing Hollywood seems to be scared to death of at present is COLOUR !

I see that “Into the Woods” has been shot in the now ubiquitous “Sludge-O-Vision” !

They could save themselves a lot of money by just shooting in black & white. Then we wouldn’t have to see ANY of those nasty colours, would we ? mad


Ha, I've been moaning about that for years. It seems for the past 10-14 years the first thing they do when starting the DI colour grade is to wind out 30%-50% of the colour! Not quite everyone, Quintin Tarantino, whatever you think of his movies, at least they look great.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Some actual singing in the new trailer.

I hope I don't have to take motion sickness medicine before this movie, in anticipation of a camera that is not permitted to sit still.

It sure looks pretty.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2014 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Should read Johnny Depp as Johnny Depp.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2014 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

It does look pretty (helped by the fact Anna Kendrick is there). I'm looking forward to seeing this, however with all musical films nowadays it's the vocals that always concern me. I pretty much found 'Les Miserables' unwatchable due to awful singing from the lead characters. I can always go back to the DVD of the OBC if I don't like this.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2014 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

They seem to be soft pedalling the fact that this is a...musical! You'd never know it from the first trailer, & just a tiny bit of singing in the second.

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2014 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

They seem to be soft pedalling the fact that this is a...musical!


Hard to imagine Disney would take this approach if the film were one of their animated musicals.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Well, FROZEN has no songs for about the last third of its running time, and no sung finale, either.

So, Disney really is soft pedaling musicals.

(Apparently, way back when, FROZEN began as a project called THE SNOW QUEEN, based on the Hans Andersen tale, with a score by Alan Menken. Though how much Menken actually composed is unknown; there's a recording of at least one of his songs for it on YouTube.)

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

LOL!

That's a new one on me:

"This movie you're watching right now? It's not REALLY a musical, so don't worry."

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I hope I don't have to take motion sickness medicine before this movie, in anticipation of a camera that is not permitted to sit still.

It sure looks pretty.



Well, more than anything, it looked sooty. Hmmm.

And yes, the camera did not sit still much. Cripes, was Marshall being paid by the mile??

But it was a diverting 2 hours, even if there wasn't much more to hear than what is in the Broadway recording (to my memory, anyway).

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

This is a musical?

Pity, i was rather looking forward to it. But the musical genre belongs, much like the western, very much in the past.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2014 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

This is a musical?

Pity, i was rather looking forward to it.



This is a joke?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2014 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


This is a joke?


What, we're expected to know everything about every film?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2014 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

the musical genre belongs, much like the western, very much in the past.

Disney wants a word with you when they're finished rolling in all the money Frozen's brought in. As for the latter, sooner or later there'll be another sagebrush success.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2014 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

This is a musical?

Pity, i was rather looking forward to it. But the musical genre belongs, much like the western, very much in the past.


Very much wrong Stefan.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2014 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

In what way?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2014 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

In that it doesn't "belong in the past," I presume. It's certainly difficult to see why an entire genre belongs in the past.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2014 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Much as Joe says. 'Into The Woods' will do good business at the box office. Jason Robert Brown's 'The Last Five Years ' will open in February as well. Hardly belong to the past if they are still being made and find an audience. We don't all want endless scifi and fantasy films.

 
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