‘Into the Woods’ Now Has an Official Trailer
After months and months of only pictures and cast confirmations, Disney’s Into the Woods has now officially released a trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical!! The trailer isn’t all that long, but it definitely leaves a solid impression and a sense of awe!
The Most Important Part: What’s There
Instantly the trailer focuses on getting across the idea of the various fairy tale characters that make up the world of Into the Woods. Beautiful landscapes and iconic characters of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk”. There are also multiple special effects and scenes given screen time, which demonstrates that Disney has the potential to give this adaptation of the original musical some scenes and special effects that could never be reproduced on stage.
And the music, oh my god the music! Any person familiar with the spectacular musical can recognize the fully orchestrated renditions of the songs from the original music from Into the Woods. The music sounds spectacular and utterly epic and really got me excited and nostalgic.
This trailer also showed off that its cast is definitely up to the task of bringing fans of the musical the music and singing power it deserves. Meryl Streep will be playing the iconic Witch and was given quite a bit of screen time in the trailer itself. She will be joined by Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, respectively. Something that also hits home the fact that there will be some considerable talent brought to the film is the fact that Lilla Crawford, who will be portraying Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone, who will be playing Jack, have both already proven their musical skill. Crawford has recently been playing the titular role in the 2012 revival of Annie and Huttlestone has already performed the 2012 Les Miserables film as Gavroche. Other big stars such as Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine will also be joining the cast as Cinderella and Cinderlla’s Prince (there are couple of princes in this story, believe me).
Something that did put me off the trailer was how they teased Johnny Depp as the Wolf. A quick shot of a clawed hand is shown, but not the face or body. This was a personal fear of mine: that the Wolf might look awkward or odd looking with the special effects Disney is using for the movie. Depp has already proved his singing ability in Sweeny Todd, another adaptation of another of Sondheim’s musicals. Another issues that is possible with the film is that it will deviate from the original musical in a few ways. It has been confirmed by Sondheim that this movie will be censored in a few ways such as Rapunzel being squished to death by a giant. Such changes like this might really take away the huge, touching and dramatic character developments and reactions that made the original musical so spectacular, yet at the same time it is a Disney movie and it is understandable that some parts of the rather dark second act of Into the Woods might be censored for the big screen.
Nevertheless, despite the confirmed changes and the small teasing in this trailer, I am personally extremely excited and optimistic for this film as are, hopefully, countless others across the world. Into the Woods will be coming to theaters this winter on Christmas Day, so until then my fingers are crossed that it will be a fantastic Christmas present to unwrap.