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Jul312014

I Wish... we'd get an "Into the-- Hey, I wasn't done wishing yet!

Well, this is unexpected. Just one day after releasing 10 new images, and an hour after posting about them, there's a teaser, too.

You'd think they'd want to space out the media attention since Christmas is still a long way away but we'll take it. As per usual, they're not quite admitting it's a musical yet in advertising. You hear the opening words "I wish..." of the prologue chorale number over and over again but nobody quite sings it as if the spirit of Rex Harrison has taken over. Anna Kendrick comes closest to sounding melodic while just speaking. But the teaser is enticing.

Come what may, for better and we-hope-not worse, it will be an event to see this musical on big screens during the holidays.

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This teaser trailer does a real good job of actually teasing... Hope it's a big gift this Xmas and not a dud - but again it all looks and feels beautiful!

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I liked it. Fingers crossed.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

She's not in much of this teaser but #1 reason I'm excited about this is Emily Blunt.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

So excited, looks beautiful. I hope Meryl slays but I'm nervous.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBD

I am 1000% ok with their withholding of Johnny Depp. It gives (perhaps foolish) hope that they've actually got something worth a big reveal, and also I need a loooong break from him if I'm ever going to be excited to see him again.

I was resistant before but this looks so exciting!!

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I noticed they didn't add "and Nine" in the "from the director of" part.

Looks dark and spooky. Perfect.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I started dry heaving when the mention of Wicked came up. Wicked should never be mentioned around a Sondheim masterpiece.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

It's a teaser, but I wished it teased us also with more of the music and the humor. It looks too serious based on this.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I think those orchestrations are pretty great. The singing will come in a full length trailer. Gotta tease with the design and cast first to get those "non-musical" people interested.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Video has been removed by user :/

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynsey

I'm getting a "removed by the user" error message.

The stills look beautiful. But then Marshall films always look beautiful, that is one of his strong points, conception. He fails in execution.

The stills all look like those "decorator collector plates" that are meant to be hung on walls. Beautiful to look at, but pretty worthless. I also don't get Kendrick. The original Broadway Cinderella (Kim Crosby) had such a round, naturally beautiful voice--she looked and sounded like the perfect cream puff with a surprising spicy center--and I only get strident from Kendrick. The step-mother and daughters are worth the price of admission however. Lucy Punch is a dream in everything she does.

And it's worrying that they are removing the sexual undertones (a neutered wolf?). That was the entire point of the show. It's not meant for children.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Another place to see the trailer.

I dunno, but I'm getting a serious Alice in Burtonland vibe. Not from the design of things itself (it's just the woods, really), but from the wholly artificial color scheme and the way that every surface seems coated in a thick layer of digital Vaseline. I've been down on this project from the very beginning, so maybe I'm just reading my own reservations into it. But I would at any rate absolutely not use the word "beautiful".

July 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterTim Brayton

I'm not entirely convinced by this teaser, BUT so far it does appear to be a step up from Nine, so...

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Tim - thanks. I updated the post to include the still running video

July 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm incredibly excited! I'm digging everybody in the cast (even Depp's nails). It looks like it will be an event to experience, indeed.

Another link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNVGDZHRJXM

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJones

How has no one commented on those orchestrations?! So lush, so full, so glorious! God I love Sondheim.

Tim Brayton, I'm actually okay with the stylized color scheme - it is meant to be a storybook adaptation, after all. My chief concern is with the singing and maintaining the darker edges of the story.

Disney better not screw this up. I still have scars from Sweeney Todd (which I still liked much more than most people did)

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

are you thinking about "Yes, No, Maybe So"ing this or shall we wait for the full trailer?

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

I can't help but get a little excited, the design is striking and I'm hoping that this film works as a whole. I may be in the minority here, but Nine did have a few good numbers.

Emily Blunt is having a good year, first Edge of Tomorrow and now this.
Fingers crossed.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Lucky - we shall wait.I'm into the wood-ed out today after two postings.

July 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I like that it actually looks like a movie and not just set pieces filmed on a stage.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

A very good teaser...

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Those orchestrations sent chills down my spine. Beautiful.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

@Tim Brayton--Thanks for the link. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I agree with your use of "Digital Vaseline" as a description.

I'm not convinced by this teaser that this will work. I think they are scared of the film, scared of calling it a musical (Weird. Especially after the success of Les Miz and the TV live events.) and scared of showing anything more than a couple of seconds per scene. The orchestrations are beautiful, but.............

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Maleficent Part 2

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I know everyone here is excited about this, but I don't know the original material (It is possible) and quite honestly I'm getting tired of having a Rob Marshall Oscar hopeful movie, he's just like the Christopher Nolan of musicals :), trying to repeat past glories. I like both of them enough, but I'd like to see them doing something different. Marshall gets good/great performances from his actors, why not a "regular" movie (=not musical, not a franchise) just a movie with real, next door people? It can't be so difficult to refrain the actors from bursting into singing ;)

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Great teaser imo.
It had everything I expected. (okay, I MIGHT have expected some singing, but I'm sure that will come soon)
Great colors, costumes, visual effects and score. Can't wait to see and hear more.

Yay to Meryl bursting the door before entering. THAT'S how to make an entrance!

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

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