Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 124 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 10+. The film is rated PG, but there are some sexual and violence elements that may be slightly objectionable for younger kids. The film is based on a musical based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, so there is the typical abandonment by or death of parents; some violence, including parents hitting their children or even slicing off parts of their feet; some sexual content (some kisses, marital infidelity, and the discussion of a married couple having a child); and some slightly scary imagery, like an old, ugly witch, a creepy swamp, and a giantess.
‘Into the Woods’ is technically impressive—the songs in the musical are well delivered, the production value is high, and the actors are giving their all. But something about the film’s message feels rushed, and ultimately lacking in enlightening impact.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Into the Woods” is a bit of a bait-and-switch—if you’re unfamiliar with the musical and have only seen Disney’s marketing campaign, you would think it’s a whimsical narrative that links together numerous Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a fun way. What will be surprising is how the film goes dark in its second half, questioning why we make the choices we do and what kind of legacy we’re leaving behind for our children. In comparison with the goofy first half, though, that message doesn’t feel earned, making the film decidedly uneven.