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JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#48 —TheWitch,a witch.

JOHN:In his reservedreviewof the original 1987 Broadway production ofInto the Woods,Frank Rich summed up the plot of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical as such: "Cinderella and company travel into a dark,enchanted wilderness to discover who they are and how they might grow up and overcome the eternal,terrifying plight of being alone."Rich noted that,"in remaking Grimm stories,Mr.Sondheim's lyrics and Mr.Lapine's book tap into the psychological mother lode from which so much of life and literature spring."Sondheim and Lapine's dextrous,intertwined reimagining of classic Grimm fairy tales,from Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella,offers a subversively adult version of these hallowed childhood fables and an artistic vision that seems fundamentally at odds with family-friendly Disney,the machine behind Rob Marshall's 2014 screen translation.

When unhappy fans pressed Sondheim upon the film's release to defend what felt like a compromised adaptation,he admitted that concessions were in fact happily made to secure a PG rating...


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