The trailer for the live-action adaptation of Cinderella was released Wednesday and broke records for Disney by garnering 4.2 million views on YouTube and 33 million views on Facebook in its first 24 hours. Obviously, people are pretty pumped.
In a Walt Disney Pictures interview, Lily James, who plays the title role, says though the adaptation doesn’t stray far from the original 1950 animated Disney film, Cinderella isn’t just a helpless and hapless victim who waits for her Prince Charming this time.
“It’s not just like he comes in and sweeps her off her feet,” she said in the interview. “It’s very like an equal meeting of two people. … It’s not about Cinderella just being rescued by a man… he happens to be a prince and he happens to have a castle.”
This is a personal victory as nothing fires me up more than the futile, incapable princesses who literally do nothing throughout the whole story — looking at you Aurora.
In the first scene of the trailer, Cinderella’s mother, played by Hayley Atwell — aka Peggy Carter in the Marvel franchise — establishes the major theme of understanding the strength of kindness and courage.
Cate Blanchett, who plays Lady Tremaine aka the wicked stepmother, said kindness is the superpower in this film.
“So many stories that children get told now try to avoid sadness and conflict. … They can overcome anything and the world is a perfect place,” she said in a Walt Disney Pictures interview. “The great thing about those wonderful, old, timeless fairytales, like Cinderella, is that they say the world can be a nasty place out there, and you need a lot of courage and a lot of resilience. … I think they’re all things that happen to Cinderella.”
Blanchett absolutely stole the show in the trailer from first glance at her in the gorgeous green gown with black lace to the last moment when she sits, shrouded in shadows, holding Ella’s glass slipper. Chills. That sneer could kill. She is so fierce.
Also that cat.
Then BOOM! The wind gets knocked right out of you as Richard Madden rides in the scene as Prince Charming with his perfect hair, perfect teeth and ridiculously good looks. Everything is perfect and beautiful until the overdone color correction of his already blue eyes makes you uncomfortable. In fact, the emphasis on blue in this trailer is striking. We all know Ella’s dress is supposed to be brilliantly blue, but so is the clock that strikes midnight and Prince Charming’s ascots. It’s juxtaposed to the brightness of the green used to code Blanchett’s villain. The visuals alone are stunning.
I’m definitely digging Robb Stark as Prince Charming, however I prefer him with a beard.
And the icing on the already delicious cake is, of course, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. I somehow missed the reports she would be in this film, so I actually jumped for joy when she transformed into her stunning self. Her eccentric expressions, magical demeanor and comedic timing are all going to make her the standout character. She is the absolutely best choice to play this character.
The other transformations of the mice into horses and goose into the coachman look spectacularly done without screaming they’re all CGI. I don’t understand why there is a large fencing gathering. Then as Nick Murray and Juliet Lyons’ “Aeon” beautiful string melody builds, everyone starts running around because they have very important things to do.
I have a ton of faith in the very capable Branagh. He’s an excellent actor who has several acclaimed directing credits to his name, including Thor and several William Shakespeare adaptations. Only five days after the trailer’s release, the views increased to nearly 10 million. I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty jazzed about this adaptation.
Watch the trailer for yourself. Get excited. Cinderella will premiere March 13.