I’m still surprised by how deeply Les Miserables touched me. I’m not a huge fan of musical theater and while I’d been mildly impressed by the 10th anniversary concert, I never grasped what all the fuss was about. I went into Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation with high hopes, but no expectations. I left a blubbering wreck, reduced to tears a good half-dozen times in the course of its 150-minute running time. Plenty of folks feel the same way… and plenty of other folks still see nothing but bombastic sentiment. The new Blu-ray isn’t likely to change anyone’s minds. Or is it? Hit the jump for my full review.
Les Misérables is a musical of big emotions. Characters are brought to their lowest, experience love at first sight, sacrifice their lives for revolution, spend decades in pursuit of justice, and believe their quests are ordained by God. The songs and their context can come off as cheesy, but the non-stop music and story wrap the production in grandeur that sweep the audience into a captivating world. Paired with terrific performances, the film adaptation of Les Misérables is almost unstoppable. But director Tom Hooper throws up a barrier as he constantly blocks out the tremendous production values with far too many close-ups and editing that chases the music rather than guides it. We still hear the people sing, but their voices should ring louder.
And the barrage of marketing material for the Oscar hopefuls continues. Two highly anticipated December films—Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty—recently made their screening debuts, and on the heels of much awards buzz we’ve seen a number of materials from said pics hit the web over the past two weeks. Earlier today we got a look at five extended clips from director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables, and now Universal has released 18 high-resolution images from the film. The production value on this thing continues to look fantastic, and I’m eager to experience the 2+ hours of song when the pic hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Anne Hathaway. Les Miserables opens on Christmas Day.
Director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables is sure to have audiences leaving the theater humming tunes from the musical, but the film also looks to be a visual feast as well. The production design and costumes look fantastic in the few pieces of footage we’ve seen in the trailers, and now famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has worked her magic with the main cast. The result is a batch of gorgeous and moving images of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Isabelle Allen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter in character.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. Les Miserables opens in theaters Christmas Day.