‘Les Miserables’ Official Trailer: 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.
Anne Hathaway as the tragedy stricken Fantine and singing THAT iconic song? Hugh Jackman brooding in the wings as Jean Valjean? Amanda Seyfried with all that lighting up the screen loveliness as the sweet Cosette? Russell Crowe doing what Russell Crowe does best, being gruff, militant and merciless? YES PLEASE.
Tom Hooper is the period drama ‘golden boy’ at the moment following the success of The Kings Speech, now he is bringing this legendary piece of literature , and arguably better known musical theatre, to the silver screen. Also – now this is important – Cameron Mackintosh producer of Cats, Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera is on board. Let us finally lay to bed the more recent popularised version of I dreamed a Dream, though heartfelt as it was, the song needs to be restored to its’ origins and Hathaway seems to have done well. Look out for the clip in the trailer where her hair is being shaved – I mean it’s less than 5 seconds but it set me off.
The only versions I have ever seen is the French televised miniseries (2000), starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Virginie Ledoyen John Malkovich and Gérard Depardieu. I loved it; judging by the long run of the stage musical I think its safe to assume that Victor Hugo created a masterpiece of literature; it’s so beautiful and fantastic to ever fail in whatever medium it’s adapted into, as long as those who choose to explore its’ themes remain faithful to the story.