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This extended first look at Les Miserables shows the grand scale of the musical adaptation

Sep. 20, 2012by: Alex Maidy
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LES MISERABLES is a depressing story. I mean, it is about a dude who goes to jail for stealing bread, a prostitute who dies and leaves her child parentless, and revolutionary war. All topics that are perfectly suited for a Christmas Day release.

From Universal Pictures: Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the film features an all-star cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. 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.

I was not impressed by Tom Hooper's direction on THE KING'S SPEECH, but he does look to be doing a much better job here. In past years, we have had some major studio musicals released that lacked a director who could balance the cinematic skills along with the nature of a stage musical (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CHICAGO, MAMA MIA). But LES MISERABLES looks like a good movie that happens to be a musical, not a musical that is now a movie.

Are you excited for LES MISERABLES?

Extra Tidbit: I was a big fan of the Liam Neeson/Geoffrey Rush non-musical adaptation from 1998.
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2:35AM on 09/21/2012
Hobbit Trailer yesterday. This today. Week=Made!
Hobbit Trailer yesterday. This today. Week=Made!
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8:28PM on 09/20/2012
I'm not a huge musical fan, but this one looks really good. The last musical I really liked was Burton's Sweeny Todd, so I'm hoping this one is at least as good as that. As for the tidbit, I also loved the Neeson/Rush version. Outstanding performances by both.
I'm not a huge musical fan, but this one looks really good. The last musical I really liked was Burton's Sweeny Todd, so I'm hoping this one is at least as good as that. As for the tidbit, I also loved the Neeson/Rush version. Outstanding performances by both.
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7:42PM on 09/20/2012
The trailer and this combined make this look way better than I expected. And this was a really interesting featurette that perfectly highlighted the versatility of the live approach, which has clearly benefited the production as Hathaway's work in the trailer shows.

I liked King's Speech though not enthusiastically so. This looks much better.
The trailer and this combined make this look way better than I expected. And this was a really interesting featurette that perfectly highlighted the versatility of the live approach, which has clearly benefited the production as Hathaway's work in the trailer shows.

I liked King's Speech though not enthusiastically so. This looks much better.
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7:26PM on 09/20/2012
Really, really can't wait for this - Les Mis was one of those musicals that played such a big part in my childhood. I really like the emphasis on singing live on this film, and definitely agree with what the actors and Cameron Mackintosh are saying about the impact of singing live on the set, the ability to act just as you sing is something integral to a musical. Super looking forward to seeing what Jackman, I remember a number of people were almost hating on Hathaway for not 'belting' - but
Really, really can't wait for this - Les Mis was one of those musicals that played such a big part in my childhood. I really like the emphasis on singing live on this film, and definitely agree with what the actors and Cameron Mackintosh are saying about the impact of singing live on the set, the ability to act just as you sing is something integral to a musical. Super looking forward to seeing what Jackman, I remember a number of people were almost hating on Hathaway for not 'belting' - but the fragility of her performance in the trailer alone really got to me. Hathaway, Crowe, Redmayne and the whole gang will do. Man, I got chills when the orchestra came in in "On My Own".
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5:45PM on 09/20/2012

Powerful stuff

Looks really epic! I can see Anne getting an Oscar for this, along with other nominations for the movie...

Tidbit: Uma Thurman was also great in it, have to rewatch it soon.
Looks really epic! I can see Anne getting an Oscar for this, along with other nominations for the movie...

Tidbit: Uma Thurman was also great in it, have to rewatch it soon.
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5:12PM on 09/20/2012

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I liked the Neeson/Rush version too, they both gave great performances.
I liked the Neeson/Rush version too, they both gave great performances.
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5:02PM on 09/20/2012
Wow, now I really wanna see this.
Wow, now I really wanna see this.
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