Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, West Side Story, Hairspray, and many more have all come center stage as successful film adaptations, but now Les Misérables steps into the spotlight to shake up awards season. Based on this trailer alone, if I were a betting man, I would reckon to guess that Les Misérables will be thrown all the Oscars.
In 2010, Tom Hooper, a former British television director, came out of nowhere to direct his sophomore film effort The King’s Speech – upsetting David Fincher for the Academy Award for Best Director. The man has great vision, I’ll give him that. Now he has put himself to the test with Les Misérables. Will Mr. Hooper be able to reclaim the title of Best Director? It sure as hell looks like it.
The ambition set forth in this film looks remarkable – and I regret not having the appreciation level of seeing the musical live when I was a wee lad. Almost every shot displayed in this trailer reeks of cinematic gold. This could possibly be one of the biggest musical endeavors we could possibly see on film. Set your peepers and tune your ears to the trailer below:
Revisiting the trailer for The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper, hands down, knows how to tell a story. Given that this is only his third film, the statistics of that along with the epic scale of what we are shown in the trailer for Les Misérables is practically unprecedented.
There is so much said within this trailer yet there is hardly anything said at all. I would find it quite difficult to convey the plot of a musical within such a short time frame as a movie trailer. Spoken dialogue can much more easily deliver the plot of a film throughout the course of a trailer than a line from a full emotional song. Although it doesn’t give us a clear summation of what is going on, I think the the trailer does a great job at giving audiences a pretty decent picture of what we will encounter.
My biggest grievance of the traileris the fact that it shows everything in what I would assume to be chronological order. If that is the case, we can speculate that Anne Hathaway is no where to be seen in the second half of the movie. Just watch the trailer again, besides her casting credit at the end, let me know if you see her after Hugh Jackman carries her away.
And if you’re a simpleton like me, here is the synopsis of Les Misérables from Apple Trailers:
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Based on the musical from the 1980s based on the 1862 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables has been in the Hollywood grind since 1980. After many failed attempts to put it on the silverscreen, in 2010, it was announced following the 25th anniversary concert that the film adaptation would resume production. With British theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh backing Tom Hooper as the director, the film stars Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
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Les Misérables is out in theaters December 25 in the US and January 11 in the United Kingdom.