Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Anne Hathaway's Dreams Are Killed in Les Misérables Trailer

It's here! A teaser trailer has finally been released for Tom Hooper's epic film adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical Les Misérables. In this one minute, thirty-seven second clip, we are introduced to the haunting melody of "I Dreamed a Dream" as performed by Anne Hathaway, who plays Fatine. The song acts as the backdrop to images of her co-stars Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), and Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) upon whose shoulders this entire film seems to rest. Crowe and Jackman are absolutely no strangers to period drama and honestly they seem at home in period costumes, especially from the 19th century. I have yet to hear Crowe sing, though he is a performer in his own right and has been recording music since the 1980s. Hugh Jackman definitely has the vocal range to pull off the role of Jean Valjean and is well acquainted with the Great White Way, having won a Tony Award for The Boy From Oz.

Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) undertook a huge task when making this movie, but from this clip alone, I believe that it is going to hold up to the stage production. The visuals are remarkable and the cinematography looks epic. Let me just say that I am incredibly excited for this film! The only thing that I am not completely sold on is Anne Hathaway as Fatine. I enjoyed Amanda Seyfried's vocals in Mamma Mia! but upon the first viewing of the clip, and not being able to recall previously hearing Hathaway’s singing voice, I was not totally sold that she would be able to pull it off. However, with watching it a couple of times and listening to her voice, it definitely gets stronger in the climax of the song. I think that it is a bit shaky at the beginning of the clip.

Image Courtesy of Buzz Sugar.

“Les Misérables” is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by “The King’s Speech’s” Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.
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. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”–”Les Misérables,” the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
Les Misérables will have stiff competition in December, as it opens on the 14th against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Are you a Broadway geek? Does Les Misérables rank among your favorite productions?

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