It’s the most wonderful time of the year; that’s right folks it’s the time of year when really big movies release to large holiday captive audiences around the globe. One highly anticipated film that will release on Christmas Day is Les Miserables! The Victor Hugo novel turned Boubil and Schönberg theater classic is revamped once again by Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) and an all-star cast including: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), Helena Bonham Carter (Madam Thénardier), and Eddie Redmayne (Marius). The film was adapted from the stage play by William Nicholson of Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age fame. A convergence of extreme talent has occurred on this film and I have no doubt that it will be worth watching come December 25th. Check out the Les Misérables movie trailer below for a sneak peek.
If you’ve been to the movie theater recently, you have probably already seen a vignette about the making of this film but I will regurgitate a summary for those of you who haven’t seen it. One unique aspect of this musical is the manner in which they filmed it for the musical numbers. Normally, a musical film will record all singing in a studio prior to filming so that the actor can lip sync while moving through the set. This allows the editors to manipulate the sound, insert orchestral accompaniment, choose best takes, etc. However, Hooper decided to change it up for this film by having the performers sing on camera only accompanied by a piano (an orchestra inserted later) while they act. This may give a more genuine expression of emotion on film, as the actors must choose how to play the moment with their voices on camera rather than in studio. I figure this technique will also allow the film to capture the magic of the theater since stage actors always sing live rather than in a studio thus giving a powerful and varied performance each time. Add in incredible costumes, an astounding set; throw in a few special effects and I think you have a concoction that equals success. I’ll be watching on Christmas Day and reporting back to The Daily Quirk readers shortly thereafter, so keep an eye out for my review!