The past few weeks Universal has upped its’ game and given us more posters and snippets for Les Misérables. Recently, they’ve released a longer trailer which contains previously unheard songs, a glance at actor Colm Wilkinson –the original Jean Valjean- as the Bishop; glimpses of other characters such as Enjolras (Aaron Tveit) and Gavroche (Daniel Huttlestone); and, finally, a real preview of the film’s aesthetics.
Some of the troubling elements that seem to stand out from this preview are the singing voice of actor Russell Crowe, a too-polished visual construction in some of the scenes, an uncomfortably theatrical appearance of the sets, and a lingering apprehension at the chosen path for the introduction of the songs.
Yet, a snippet is not a film, and can’t really be used for a profound analysis of it. We’ll have to wait until December to see if the trailer bears any resemblance to the actual product –quite often, it doesn’t.
In the meantime, we have these photographs from the marvelous Annie Leibovitz. Her portrait of Fantine is, undoubtedly, the most remarkable of the lot, managing to blend raw emotion and beauty with magnificent simplicity.