My dearest Ally sent me this today and pretty much made my week. No, month. I was insanely excited when the first trailer for Les Miz 2012 came out back in May, and I'm even more thrilled by this brand-new (as in, just released today) sneak peek.
I'm not doing a blow-by-blow breakdown of this video like I did for the trailer (it's too long and too self-explanatory) but I will mention a few of my favorite things...
~Samantha Barks' "On My Own." Perhaps this song should be retitled "Blow My Mind." Especially the part where the director casually mentions how they bring in a 70-piece orchestra and the music just explodes off the screen.
~That two-second snippet of "Little Fall." I was bawling in those two seconds, folks.
~Amanda Seyfried's gorgeous voice. My reservations about her Cosette are no longer in existence.
~I also take back everything disparaging I ever may have said about Eddie Redmayne. He's going to be an amazing Marius. Amazing, I tell you.
~Anne Hathaway has my eternal respect. She is going to be one of the best Fantines ever. EVER.
~Russell Crowe rides a horse quite awesomely.
~Enjolras' pistol. For some reason this was quite thrilling.
~Hugh Jackman's better-than-I'd-hoped rendition of "What Have I Done?" Not as good as I might have wished, but definitely not bad.
~The tiny glimpse of Colm Wilkinson near the end. YAY!
~The barricades, the barricades, the barricades.
~The way all the actors seem so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing movie. That's really the best part-- that they're entering into it so wholeheartedly and trying their best to do justice to a story and a musical that means so much to so many people.
A few of my not-so-favorite things...
~We saw a lot of Russell Crowe's Javert but didn't hear him sing. I'm a bit nervous about this. Will he do "Stars" justice?
~The Red Vest of Power and Awesomeness still hasn't shown up (though I haven't given up hope).
~The fact that the movie's release date has been bumped forward to December 25th. Why, why, why must they prolong the suspense???