International Trailer and Vogue Photo Shoot for Les Misérables

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.




V. Wonka




2 thoughts on “International Trailer and Vogue Photo Shoot for Les Misérables

  1. Sadly, Russell Crowe is not at all what we all expect of Javert vocally, despite his demeanor. If they didn’t have the wisdom to cast John Owen-Jones (the best Valjean since Colm Wilkinson and a man who can act, as well as sing like no other) as Valjean, they could have at least cast him as Javert. I’m just hoping we see (and especially hear) much, much more of the brilliant Wilkinson than we have so far. As for Anne Hathaway, being skeletal doesn’t equate to being right for the part of Fantine. Recognizeable Hollywood names appear to have won out over fine-tuned voices in this production, I’m sorry to say.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with your appreciation of Mr. Crowe. To be honest, I am, indeed, quite excited for the movie, but what I’ve seen in this new trailer has me more than a little bit worried.

      As for Hathaway, hers is one of the few performances I’m actually excited about –and Colm’s, of course, but I already know he’ll be thoroughly enjoyable. She’s a great actress, and I do believe she can pull it off.

      As for big names taking on roles of Hollywood adaptations, this isn’t new, and has been going on for as long as the cinematographic musical has been produced. Unfortunately, sometimes the cast selection for a cinematic adaption doesn’t work, just like sometimes great actors and singers seem to fit better on a stage that on film. Therefore, I’m not really bothered by it.

      I advocate for enjoying film versions of musicals (and books, myths, and any other artistic and cultural manifestation) as something different than its predecessors. It’s only fair, since an adaptation is nothing but a new interpretation of a previous work, and thus bears new codes and approaches.

      In any case, let’s not rush towards an early judgment of the film. We shall see this December if it lives up to the hype!

      Thanks for your comment!


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