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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Anne Hathaway Sings for Her Supper in the First Clip from "Les Misérables"

Well, not exactly. But if you know anything about the 1862 classic Victor Hugo novel-turned-Broadway mainstay, Les Misérables, you understand what I mean.

Anne Hathaway (you know, Catwoman?) basically serves as the soundtrack behind this first trailer for the newest update of the French novel. While Hathaway as betrayed lover Fantine sings a weepy song ("I Dreamed a Dream") throughout the clip (right before her hair gets chopped off), Hugh Jackman as beloved ex-convict Jean Valjean solemnly meanders throughout and merciless police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) continues to hunt him down.

Amanda Seyfried, who normally can't even buy herself a decent role, somehow managed to infiltrate this cast as Fantine's ill-fated daughter and Valjean's makeshift stepdaughter, Cosette. And Sacha Baron Cohen desperately tries to show us his dramatic side once more as the wicked Thénardier. And you know what? They might be on to something with their roles in this movie.

In case you need an elementary school refresher about the French novel, read the official movie synopsis below (from Geeks of Doom):
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.

The book was simply exquisite, as were the subsequent movies and stage production. I'm not sure whether this remake will hold up like the aforementioned did, but the trailer doesn't look half bad. I still think it's hard to find Hathaway convincing often times, but it's clear she's not going anywhere soon. Maybe this will turn me her naysayers around.

Meanwhile, Crowe is usually always awesome, so I expect him to be so here. But Jackman, who I think looks cartoonish almost all the time, finally seems like he's playing a grown-up role--one that may finally leave an indelible mark on his resume.

We'll have to find out if that happens on Christmas day (December 25th), when Les Misérables hits theaters. Will you be watching?


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I absolutely loved this teaser! And I'm not even a fan of original play. Eager to see this movie!

Daniel said...

Trailer was great, very excited to see how it comes out, the cast is stellar!

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