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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Podcast - Into The Woods

This latest musical, Into the Woods, fits into multiple categories on my feelings for the genre. I like it. I appreciate the effort put into it. Some songs are annoying, some aren't. But the most important thing is this- No matter how well this film is done, I can't recall more than one song that is worth re-singing upon further viewings. And I can barely even remember that song! That in a way, says a lot. What is memorable, is the cast. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine), this film has a group of actors that work well off of each other. Even before I knew that this film was based off of a Broadway play, I got a sense that it was just that. The actors break in and out of straight dialogue to singing, with the ease of veteran stage performers. The near constant breaking into song can be annoying at times but, the main actors are so magnetic and everything looks so good that, the annoyance doesn't linger. Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) brings her usual genius to her role as The Witch. She is so good, that she makes you believe every word that comes out of her mouth. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) surprised me by showing her singing capabilities as well as her screen leading. What surprised me most though, was the performance of Chris Pine (Smokin Aces). The man can sing, even when he's channeling William Shatner (The Priceline guy). Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) seemed to be held back from her acting skills but, her vocals are still good. Although the list is long, the supporting cast all came across as integral parts. And Johnny Depp's (Chocolat) appearance, turned out to be a two scene cameo.

Joe and Mike sit and discuss the latest movie release and news of the week! Please join us.

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