Trailer Hopping : Les Miserables Is Convincingly Wretched Good

Rating: Butter
Posted October 27th, 2012 by popcorn

The introduction to Les Miserables on the big screen starts with a melancholy song beautifully sung by Anne Hathaway as Fantine. The rest of the trailer follows the sad song with scene after scene of a war torn, miserable and shambled France.

Les Miserables teaser trailer starts with a man, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, ascending a mountain top and looking up towards the sky, presumably signifying hope, then Anne Hathaway’s voice is heard, singing “I dreamed a dream when time gone by and hope was high. Life worth living.” When the camera pans to Anne Hathaway, she’s sitting in a corner with cropped, boyish hair and a very risqué dress that exposes most of her bosoms. I have no recollection of Fantine baring her breasts in either the play or the book – about all she would bare is her sorrowed soul. But hey, it’s Anne Hathaway and someone somewhere will enjoy that brief moment.

The teaser trailer looks so depressingly good, that it may be difficult to take the drab and dreary load off of the audience towards the end of the movie. The story is similar to tragic operas where the problems are resolved through some misfortunate yet peaceful death of the long suffering, often wrongfully misunderstood and repented heroes.

Les Miserables teaser trailer does a great job of introducing the major characters, portraying them in their most vulnerable or austere moments as in the case of the inspector Javert, played by Russell Crowe. The poor and wretched life of Fantine is captured in Anne Hathaway’s singing and intensely miserable expressions. The suffering and pain of a long prisoned and tough life is shown through Jean Valjean’s hard labor. And, Javert is portrayed riding high and mighty on horseback, while Cosette, Amanda Seyfried, is shown with pure golden hair beauty and innocence.

Although the film is intense, dark and depressing, it would be a great movie to watch, except the timing of when this movie opens seems inappropriate; Christmas is a time for more joyous movies and not heavy, war torn and sad films with no fairy tale endings. Even if the story is not appealing, hearing Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway sing may be worth watching, or at least it would be interesting to hear Russell Crowe belt out a tune or two.

Les Miserables is scheduled to open on December 25, 2012. It stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Isabelle Allen, Colm Wilkinson, Marc Pickering, Sophie Ellis, Patrick Godfrey, Daniel Huttlestone and others.

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