Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Les Misérables

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Les Misérables – Opening December 14, 2012

Like “The Great Gatsby” last week, we have an extraordinarily vivid and colorful rendition of a classic story being brought to the screen just as awards season is really getting going and sure to garner plenty of acclaim. After proving on Broadway and during awards shows that he is immensely capable of singing and dancing, Jackman gets his first major musical role here as Jean Valjean, constantly running from the clutches of Javert, played by Russell Crowe, who could use a good part in a film these days since it’s been a long time since he was on top. Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter comprise the main female cast, and they’re all sure to be terrific. This is an exceptionally dramatic tale, and this looks like a fitting screen representation, full of gorgeous scenery and abundant costumes. Even if this isn’t the most excellent film, it’s an event, and a musical one that’s sure to be on par with the last decade’s most memorable musicals, like “Chicago” and “Sweeney Todd,” probably more like the latter since the stories are more similar. Directing this particular feature is Tom Hooper, an Oscar winner last year for helming “The King’s Speech” and an appropriate dose of awards bait to ensure that this one gets taken seriously. I think it looks fantastic.

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