Disney has released an official teaser trailer for acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh's highly anticipated new project Cinderella (2015). Currently, the film is set to open in theaters across the United States on March 13, 2015.
The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella's father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and -- armed with a pumpkin and a few mice -- changes Cinderella's life forever.
I've never been a Cinderella fan in any way; but I have to say this is a well produced, styled, and understated piece that takes the high road in presenting a classy preview. I think it's approach is too high brow for many in today's audience who have been weaned on bang me on head with less style and A.D.D lightening fast editing. No rock score, no fades to black. I don't know how most viewing can make it through the entire trailer. Luckily my parents didn't any drugs, nor myself so I don't feel the need to take meds to get through life or quick edits. Having been brought up with artistic campaign ads like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, THE CHINA SYNDROME, and ALIEN where symbols not scenes incited a mood in lieu of teleprompted synopsis I find this retro refreshing and classy for a film I had no intention of seeing but might very well consider. Too bad this preview is pearls before swine.
Apparently the Pope's proclivity for ultra-high-fashion footwear is sacred. The fact that my previous comment was vehemently voted down is so much more hilarious than my actual comment could've ever aspired to be. Keep fighting the good fight, sheep. lmfao!