5 Movie Clips From Director Tom Hooper’s LES MISERABLES Starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe

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With director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables opening Christmas Day, Universal has just released five clips and they’ve started showing the film to critics around the country.  As we previously reported, reaction to the first screening at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was followed by raucous applause with the principal cast taking the stage to a standing ovation at the end of the film.  The other night I caught a screening and can confirm Les Mis is the real deal and Anne Hathaway is easily the front runner to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  In addition, the film is going to be nominated for a ton of other awards and Hooper is going to walk away from this being offered everything in Hollywood.  In the coming weeks I’ll be running exclusive interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers, but until then, check out the clips.

Les Miserables also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Here’s the synopsis for Les Miserables:

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 byThe 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, with further casting to be announced.

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.

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  • yurine

    It’s weird seeing Russell Crowe singing

  • Tim

    Beautiful. I cannot wait!

  • diretor

    whata fuck is that?

  • PhillB

    I know Tom Hooper is a good director, but I’ll save my comments before I choose this version over Bille August’s. I enjoyed Geoffrey Rush as Javert.

  • D. McHugh

    This isn’t the greatest of musicals, but the score is beautiful. ENOUGH with the lame talk-singing. This isn’t a lounge in Vegas, It’s Les Miz! SING OUT like you MEAN it. Like it’s fierce and your LIFE depends on it. I’m worried Jackman is going to destroy this score. It’s out of his range. Valjean is a tenor and Jackman is a lyric baritone. I heard they were changing the keys for him. That’s obvious from this, but to compromise the score because you’re too busy “acting” is a cop out. These melodies are so gorgeous, but you can’t even tell because the talk-sing approach drags the tempos down to a dirge. This music is sweeping and should carry the audience away. Yes, Jackman was on Broadway in a musical (Boy from Oz), but that was pop music. Les Miz needs legit singers. Watch Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit in this. They’re real theatre pros and can sing, giving full justice to the score, while never sacrificing the acting performance. Theater actors do it 8 shows every week on Broadway. C’mon, Hugh.

    • flindip

      But that is the whole point, the medium isn’t theater. In theater you have to be more boisterous because your singing to an audience with varying degrees of perspective. In cinema everyone sees through the same point of perspective, so you can effectively add subtle’s and imperfections.

      I think it sounds amazing. But it probably won’t be everyone.

      • D. McHugh

        It’s not about being boisterous or “over the top”. I’ve been a stage actor for years. It’s about being true to the melody. Sing the notes that are written. They’re changing a lot of the melody lines…literally rewriting the music, as they “sing” it. Hugh is altering intervals because he lacks the range and stamina to hit the notes. You can change the melody line of a song so much that, well…it doesn’t sound like the original song anymore. It sounds like a completely different song. We’ve all seen that happen to songs we love by other performers. That’s what stays with us…and the sign of a great song…a memorable melody. I’m just concerned because a lot of folks will be hearing this music for the first time, and to hear it so altered won’t really reflect its beauty.

      • flindip

        I disagree. Songs can be reinterpreted. The point of the song or a scene of a play is to evoke the same emotional response. Jeff Leyton does a more boisterous version of “Who am I?”, compared to Jackman’s performance. But both of those performances are faithful to the emotional point of the scene-internal moral conflict. Whether Jackman wants to bellow out “I am Jean Valjean” is irrelevant. Jackman is also trying to infuse facial mannerisms into the performance that you cannot pull off in theater.

        Cinema is a completely different medium. Perhaps you do not like this understated, naturalistic approach(which is perfectly fine), but I think its fairly interesting.

      • tkzeig

        You’re right in saying that Boy from Oz featured pop music, but Jackman has also done a lot of other Broadway, and he was wonderful in the role of Curly in Oklahoma! It’s hard to judge his singing from those little clips, but he actually has great range and crisp power in his voice. There’s also a good possibility that the changes in Who Am I? have nothing to do with his singing ability, but rather the way he was instructed to sing it. They’re clearly trying to put a new spin on the classic, slowing parts, softening certain songs, etc. Yes, I wish the line, “I’m Jean Valjean” was as bold as it is onstage, but just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s bad.

        Also, I have a feeling that the whole thing will be a lot less dramatic than the real thing: onstage, everything needs to be bigger – motions, vocals – because they have to be seen from the back of the house. The film version, however, allows for more subtlety.

    • Tim

      ok.

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  • Lob Taylor

    Havent stopped laughing since I saw this! This looks gawddamn awful!!!
    The talk singing thing is so awful!
    Wont even bother with this even when its going on sale in the bargain bin. Hahaha

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  • gayle Petrie

    I think it will be great. Keeping in mind I’ve not
    Seen it yet. But I have the highlights cd for it.
    And it won awards.

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