So for me, this one falls into the category : I'm a little sceptical but definitely want to see it. Which is the way I often feel about adaptations. I have been a fan of the novel, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, for as long as I can remember wanting to pursue a higher education in literature (ever since I was 7, up until I completed a Masters in French Literature and New Medias in 2008...). In high school, when we had to chose a play abstract to re-enact in drama class, my friend Gabrielle and I put together a shortened story of Andrew Lloyd Webber's scenic adaptation of Les Misérables, music, signing and everything (and lord knows I cannot sing). I listened to the tape (remember when there were no CDs?) relentlessly for hours and hours; Fantine, Cosette, Marius and Jean Valjean were my friends. Suffise to say, I was always a tad geeky. Are you a huge Les Misérables fan too?
And so I was a little apprehensive when I heard that a movie remake was in the pipeline and although some of the cast choices (the great Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter) are convincing, some others (yes Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe I am talking about you) leave me more than skeptical. At least this is a european production and not a Hollywood one (one Mamma Mia was enough for a lifetime...).
Nonetheless, I am very excited that the first images/teaser have emerged on the internet. I like what I see so far and am willing to put my trust director Tom Hooper... for now! With an American (as in the continent) release due for December and Europeans release following promptly, looks like December will be a busy month for cinephiles this year (yay!).
Now, press play (and pretend the video doesn't open on a commercial... UGH!).