It is tough to adapt a play or a musical into a good film. Why? Because theatre is about the written word and film is geared towards visual storytelling. It’s not that it can’t happen, but it is harder to accomplish. That said, INTO THE WOODS, the film version, isn’t that successful. The story itself borders on clever–bringing several fairy tales into one story–but even that seems forced. The songs aren’t that memorable, but the staging and the costumes are quite fanciful. Rob Marshall, now a three film veteran of musicals (the others being NINE and CHICAGO), has brought together an amazing cast–Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, James Corden–but even these spectacular actors can’t save this film.