Why, why, why?! Why on earth would you decide to make a musical movie based on an iconic stage production and an all-time classic piece of literature so epic that anything made in its shadow will appear second-rate?
That was our sentiment before watching this remarkably impressive brand new trailer for Tom Hooper’s Les Misrables. It’s managed to stop us in our cynical tracks, however. So, stop whining and check it out for yourself:
Wow just listen to Anne Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed A Dream! Who would’ve known she had a voice like that. She didn’t seem to stick to the traditional version of the song, but we’re pretty impressed with it nonetheless. Aren’t you? Is she the only A-list female movie star with real singing chops?
We’re also a bit intrigued about Hathaway’s more serious roles these days, as she seems to be breaking away from the rom-com genre (think: Catwoman!). She’s even adopted a hairdo for the movie that is almost identical to Hugh Jackman’s! Now, that’s dedication! But if Anne’s not your thing, it doesn’t matter. From the look of this trailer, contrary to the movie’s angsty premise, it might just put a smile on your face. Just check out those fantastic images and camerawork it’s a pictorial beauty.
What’s more, Les Misrables has gone and landed the great Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and a megastar (if not a little bit of an unusually combined) cast, including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russel Crowe as Javert, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thnardier, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thnardier, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. We think we’re justified in some smug name-dropping in this case!
Hugh Jackman is going to kick all sorts of ass, and we’re thoroughly pumped about this adaptation solely for his casting. We still haven’t really gotten over his prodigious role as Wolverine, so we’re fittingly pleased that he’ll once again be sporting some scruffy-looking facial hair and gallantly fighting for justice in a way that oozes masculine charisma.
So, having watched (perhaps reluctantly) the brand new trailer, do you suspect a potentially jaw-dropping, singalong cryfest? Or does this movie adaptation make you want to spit at the screen and head for the hills?