First trailer released for Disney’s Into the Woods

This film adaptation of Sondheim’s fantasy musical gets its first trailer, which promises a newer, darker look at the familiar tales we all know from our childhoods.

Showcasing ‘the darker side’ of Grimm’s fairytales is an overdone trope: these tales are dark enough to begin with and incredibly hard to sugar-coat. But having said this, I love the aesthetics of this new film adaptation of Into the Woods, a musical which is interesting in that it ties together multiple fairy tales (including Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk) into one overarching story.

The trailer features heavily on magical forest imagery, and its subdued blue and green hues give an extra edge to the personalities of the main characters, of whom Meryl Streep’s witch is perhaps the most captivating (although we never see more than a sneaky glimpse of Johnny Depp’s wolf, annoyingly). Combined with a Burton-esque title font in embellished gold and twisting branches, and a beautiful overture with harp accompaniment (a fantasy mainstay), it lets you know exactly what you’re in for, and I hope it does not disappoint.

There’s some high-flying players in this one; the afore-mentioned Streep and Depp, whose musical talent should lend well to the film’s score, and also Anna Kendrick of Twilight fame, and Chris Pine, who you may remember from the recent Star Trek movies.

The producer of Broadway hit ‘Wicked’ is in on this one, so I do have high hopes. Oh, and did I mention there will be giants? There will definitely be giants.

Check out the trailer here and see what you think:

Into The Woods is coming to UK theatres next January 9th, a couple of weeks after its US Christmas Day opening.


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