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Review: ‘Into the Woods’ impressive, but a bit too tame

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Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical — which turns once upon a time upside down in a fantastical mashup of such fairy tales as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel” and “Cinderella” — has made it to the big screen.

The gorgeously glossy but also surprisingly choppy adaptation of the iconic Broadway play seems tailor-made for the family-friendly market. That is both a blessing (if you’ve got little tykes in tow) and a curse, alas. Directed by Rob Marshall (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, —Chicago”), this faithful adaptation tries to honor the bewitching spirit of the original but can’t resist a certain Disney middlebrow-ness, toning down the very edge that makes Sondheim (“Sweeney Todd”) such a genius. The big-budget holiday movie, the lore of a childless couple wishing for a baby, opens Christmas Day.

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Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Tammy Blanchard as Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and stepmother in 'Into the Woods.' (Photo by Peter Mountain/Disney)

Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Tammy Blanchard as Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and stepmother in ‘Into the Woods.’ (Photo by Peter Mountain/Disney)

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