5/31/12

Les Miserables

Here is the new trailer that just came out!  I am so excited I can hardly wait for the movie!  

Anne Hathaway's voice I don't think is quite properly suited for Fantine; she puts a lot of great emotion into it, but it needs some more driving force in my opinion.  Ah, well...at least they didn't cast Taylor Swift as Eponine.  For that, I will be ever in the directors' debt.  

Oh,and I'm very glad that they cast Helena Bonham Carter.  I love her! Oh, and I can't really argue about the fact that Hugh Jackman is playing in it...I mean, really, who would?


13 comments:

  1. I wanna see that soooooo bad(ly)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hahaha, you should! It's going to be awesome! If you want to know (loosely) what it's about...see my LONG reply to Shelby... I really didn't try to make it that long--it looked shorter when I was typing it.

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  2. It looks good, but apparently I'm stupid...what exactly is it about...? and I have to agree, I love Hugh Jackman-(I'm a Wolverine fan! :D ) of course I also love Russel Crowe and Ann Hathaway, so this promises to be a good movie!

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    1. Okay, so...to clear things up for those who don't follow Broadway ;) Les Miserables is a MUSICAL, one of the longest running musicals of all time. Victor Hugo (he wrote the Hunchback of Notre Dame) wrote the book Les Miserables back in the 1800s, and I think it's loosely translated as The Miserable Ones. Anyway, it's this story about Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who is put into prison by Inspector Javert and finally, after twenty or so years, works off his debt and decides to live the life of a straight man. But because of his prison card, everyone identifies him as a convict. He changes his identity, becomes the wealthy mayor of a small town, and later adopts Cosette (see below.) But Inspector Javert has his suspicions...and eventually knows who the mayor actually is.

      Then there is Fantine (Anne Hathaway...not really loving her voice) and she has a child and falls on hard times. Her child is named Cosette. She is forced to give her child to the Thenardiers (Mrs. Thenardier is played by Helena Bonham Carter) who own the local inn. They have three children, two of them including Gavroche (a young boy) and Eponine. And then Cosette is adopted by Jean Vajean.

      Fast forward several years. Cosette is grown up. Eponine is grown up. Gavroche, a street-wise urchin now abandoned by his parents, is around twelve and acts like the king of the underground. The Thenardiers have fallen on very hard times, and are barely eking out a living in a city hovel. Then there is a young man named Marius, and he loves Cosette. But Eponine loves Marius. And so it is quite the love triangle... And there is a ton more involved.

      And some people think that this book takes place during the French Revolution. Wrong. It takes place during the student uprisings that were several years after the Revolution. And that's when they build the barricade and fight. Ah, so anyway, I cannot wait for this to come out. And FINALLY they are going to actually do the musical in the movie! There have been several versions, but none have had the music... We will see how that goes. ;)

      So all I can do is wait One Day More....but I guess you don't get any Broadway humor ;)

      So, that's about the plot, with a lot less in it. Like who dies at the end, and who gets Marius, and what Inspector Javert does when he finds Jean Valjean.

      And I'm just outlying the plot of the book/musical combined. I'm not sure how they're going to change it in the movie....

      But yeah, there you go. That should give you a little taste of what Les Miserables is. ;) Oh, and it's currently the world's longest running musical!

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  3. I know nothing about this, but now I wanna see it!

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    1. Oh. Wow.... I did not realize that my comment (see above) was that long. Well, y'all asked. You really shouldn't get me started on anything about Broadway/musicals/plays by saying I know nothing about this. Because I will tell you ALL about it! Well, I didn't include a lot of stuff in the plot. BUT THE MUSIC IS AMAZING!! That song Anne is singing in the beginning (needs more force in my opinion) is I Dreamed a Dream and is my favorite, except for On My Own and maybe One Day More....

      But yeah, if you're wondering, just read my reply to her comment ;)

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    2. I really really really need to see this now! :)

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    3. Hahaha, yes you need to!!! I'm just sad I probably won't get to see it on stage first... Ah, oh well. ;) Half a loaf is better than none. (And yes, I know you know where I got that reference from)

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  4. Haha, don't worry, I'm sure you'll see it on stage when you're off chasing the wind after school ;P

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    1. I might just have to do that...

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  5. Yay!! Look at us, blogging at different times on different sites, about the same thing (more or less). Oh my word I just can't get over how excited I am for this movie. Probably more than The Hunger Games...which is saying a lot. And I cried in the middle of a pizza restaurant when I first watched the trailer on my mom's phone. :D haha

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  6. Hehehe, did you read my long comment in reply to one of my friends? Yeah...I love Les Mis. I am more excited for it than Hunger Games, totally! And yes, the trailer is amazing. Her voice has a lot of emotion, even though I think she needs more drive... But all in all, I think the cast is amazing!

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  7. Haha oh gosh, yeah I just read your comment. *cyber-high-five* Haha wow, we're more alike than I I even realized. My family has learned to stop asking. One time I took an hour car trip to tell them the ENTIRE plot of Wicked...haha I think I have a disease or something. ;)
    As far as the musical goes, I feel like Anne's voice should have more drive for the song, but I kinda think in a more theatrical version like the movie, it will have all the circumstances and scene and backdrop and I think the emotion being so broken is good. I don't know; I've never seen it live. :( One day.... haha
    And basically though I don't believe Amanda Seyfried can really act, I have no complaints because, honestly, it's NOT TAYLOR SWIFT and so I cannot complain. ;) And at least she looks the part. TS wouldn't have had that going for her either. :D

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