Honestly, I didn't go into this movie with high expectations. I enjoy musicals a lot, so don't go pulling that card on me, but I just wasn't really buying into the advertising, or word of mouth, for that matter. It was fine, but nothing special. Nothing really jumped out at me and made this a must see. I knew I was going to see it, like I do with almost every movie, and that was enough for me. So I sat down in the cinema, not really dreading the film, but not really bursting with enthusiasm either. I have to say, this film really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much and what I got was actually very entertaining. It was a pleasant surprise!
Depp's character is odd, but like Meryl Streep, when are they not? His performance is, well, the usual Depp performance, except he's not given the spotlight this time. His character only plays a minor role, and it's not even too crucial a role either. As a matter of fact, he may give the funniest performance in the entire film, especially when he's seen dressed up as Red Riding Hood's grandmother. The only problem is that he collects about three minutes of screen time all up.
But the songs, yes, I should talk about the songs. To put it simply, they're good. After the film finishes, there's not an awful lot of words that'll be stuck in your head, with the exception of "I wish" as that appeared in just about every song sung. It's really just the tunes that are catchy. It's not as though the people singing these songs aren't great as the whole cast can sing rather well, it's just that they're not singable songs.
To sum up, Into The Woods was a pleasant surprise, full of enjoyable songs and stupendous performances from the adult cast, however the child cast aren't quite as amazing, the songs aren't singable and the film's just a little too long.