Yes, I realize this makes two Les Mis posts in a row, a phenomenon that has not taken place here since Les Mis week back in June. But hey, I'm excited. (Understatement.)
The official Les Mis international trailer was released on Thursday, to the best of my knowledge (at least, that's when I first saw it) and it bowled me over. I can't resist giving a breakdown of this one like I did last time, so...
(note: I'm skipping the parts that were in the last trailer, for the sake of space and time)
0:02- "I found her wandering in the woods, this little child, I found her trembling in the shadows." Cannot get over how cute Little Cosette is-- I just want to hug her and comfort her and take her away from the evil Thenardiers forever.
0:05- I replayed this bit too many times. LOVE how they melt the actress' face into the original logo... paying tribute to it again, just like they did with the poster!
0:15- "I'm cold, will you let me stay here for tonight?" Um... what??? That wasn't in the musical! It looks like they're adding in some spoken lines... that's okay with me as long as they don't cut the music. (Ha... like it's my decision.)
0:17- At first glance I almost thought this guy was Colm, but it's obviously not. Who is he, then? And how does he know that this is Jean Valjean?
0:18- This music. Is amazing.
0:21- We saw this bit in the original trailer, with the galley slaves, but I just wanted to mention how I like the rhythmic grunting--it's reminiscent of the original opening to the Prologue. And it's also cool that Valjean is actually a galley slave in the movie (as he was in the book!), pulling ships around, and not just digging ditches on the roadside. The stage does have its limitations.
0:23- OH WOW. That SHIP. Anne-girl is going to go nuts over this movie.
0:24- Javert standing on the dyke--we'll get to Russell Crowe's singing voice later on, but for now may I just say that he is the complete epitome of how Javert should look? There, I've said it. Thank you.
0:28- "He cannot escape... OH WAIT HE DID." This is probably the part during the Prologue where the police round Valjean up with the candlesticks. "Tell his reverence your story! Let us see if he's impressed!"
0:31- Yep, here's Javert shouting Valjean's name. Definitely an added line. I like his horse; it's a pity Javert can't have a horse on stage. He looks more imposing on a horse.
0:34- Oooh, evil factory foreman. Hmmm, he's not ten feet tall like in the 25th concert--he seems less scary somehow.
0:39- Wait, what? Is Javert watching as Fantine gets fired? This is new!
0:42- *chokes up* Okay, that teeny little snippet was much worse than in any of the concerts. Bodily dragging her out of the factory? The horrible man!
0:45- "I Dreamed a Dream" sounds much more forceful this time around. Is it a different version of the song, or just another part of it that we didn't hear in the first trailer? At any rate, I actually like it better this time.
0:47- It looks like Valjean is stopping to help Fantine just out of the blue here, not breaking up the fight with Bamatabois. (I'm not nit-picking. I'm just observing.)
0:51- Let's hear it for Valjean!!! Where on earth is Javert? I do hope they haven't cut the part with him trying to arrest Fantine. "But Monsier Mayor..." "I will SEE IT DONE!" *emphatic music*
0:54- D'awwwww. Poor little thing. :(
0:55- I really like how they're playing Fantine's song while showing Cosette... after all, Cosette is part of her dream, and the Thenardiers are basically killing her by inches. Sounds morbid, I know, but THEN--
1:00- One Day More. ONE DAY MORE, FOLKS. I may or may not have clamped both hands over my mouth to keep from screaming out loud when I saw this the first time. The thrill that went through me made up for the disappointment in Hugh Jackman's voice. (hey, this is an opinion post, after all...)
1:06- "Mademoiselle." I have played, replayed and re-replayed that two-second bit, and I love it more every time. "I'm meeeeeeelting!"
1:09- He's in a carriage, I think, but going where? Valjean and Cosette didn't actually start for Calais that night, did they?
1:11- Ah, Monsieur and Madame Oy-vey-and-spit. He, at least, doesn't look as creepy as he did on the poster. The lack of purple lipstick probably helps.
1:12- Whoa. Javert coming to check up on Cosette at the Thenardiers? As I remember, that did actually happen in the novel, but it's definitely not in the play. And why are Valjean and Cosette still there? So many questions.
1:14- I love how they so smoothly transitioned from Little Cosette to Older Cosette. I had my doubts about Amanda Seyfried but now I think she's practically perfect. So pretty!
1:18- And her voice! Not Judy Kuhn for sure, but not half bad either. Is it just me or does the city view look a bit fake? (Thank you, my dear Amy, it IS fake... it's a STUDIO...)
1:19- It seems to me that they're going to handle "One Day More" the way "Tonight (Reprise" was done in West Side Story (the movie). Rather than having a suspended-disbelief scene with all the characters gathering together to sing, it looks like we're going to see shots of everyone singing individually, almost as if they're just thinking. Which is all good. My question is, how about the "one day to a new beginning, raise the flag of freedom high"? Where does the chorus come in?
1:20- It's "some bourgeois two-a-penny thing," not "Cosette!" Okay, now I'm nitpicking. I will stop. Yay for Samantha Barks! How does she manage to still look fabulous in rags, dirty and starving? I actually had to pause this bit and take a screencap. The looks on their faces are just so perfect.
1:23- At long last we have a Marius who can do the naive-and-completely-smitten act without being, you know, incredibly annoying and immature. (Cough, cough, I name no names.) I'm starting to even be reconciled to his hair (and that's a big step, you must understand).
1:27- And we have an Eponine who's heartbroken without being whiny, the right age, the right appearance... Lea Salonga was still the best but Samantha Barks is, like, the one-and-a-half best.
1:29- She has the best facial expressions of any Eponine that ever was, though. That I can say with no reservations.
1:33- "I rode through the rain!" Ha, that had nothing to do with anything, but I must have me my Jane Austen quotes. :P
1:35- Oh. My. Stars. Confrontation, Confrontation, this has got to be the Confrontation. With SWORDS. And the look on Valjean's face... *rubs hands together with anticipatory glee*
1:36- All together now, three two one--THE BARRICADES! Better than I dreamt it! Annnnnnd... Russell Crowe's voice. Not as great as I dreamt it. *ducks* The problem is that I'm mentally comparing him to the Mighty Quast and nobody will ever, ever measure up, so I should stop comparing. It really is good. No, I mean it. Just not as good as I'd hoped.
1:37- If I'm not mistaken, there is Alistair Brammer next to Marius (you know, the guy who plays Joly in the 25th concert--is that the same actor?) in the crowd scene. Cameos, hooray! Now, where's Hadley Fraser??
1:39- O_O Kiev scene in Fiddler on the Roof, anyone?
1:42- Valjean's evidently in a church, but why?
1:44- I spy Killian Donnelly! Also Enjolras. Who seems to be incapable of smiling. Where is the charisma? The winning grin? (oh, wait, that was just Ramin Karimloo...) The RED VEST OF POWER AND AWESOMENESS?
1:46- PERCYYYYYYY! ... Ahem. Pardon me.
1:47- That had better not be Enjolras. Because if we see Enjolras die in the trailer... *shakes head direly*
1:48- Eponine, watching someone get shot? But wasn't she the first to fall? And look, she's still in her girl clothes. I think this is just a different scene, cut into the First Attack to add Drama.
1:49- Well now, look who's here! Hey, Gavroche!
1:51- Cosette racing through a church in her wedding dress--alone? I'm intrigued.
1:52- "To the barricades!" *relieved sigh* Now that was the Enjolras we all know and love, yes?
1:53- I really ought to be sighing over how cute they are together, but my attention was actually drawn to the neckline detail on Cosette's dress. Heh. Isn't it lovely?
1:54--1:59- Parades! Flags! Jean Valjean in a uniform (and looking way older than he did at the beginning)! The National Guard! He Who Cannot Smile! It's all such a sequence of continual excitement...
2:00- That sound you heard, that was my heart thudding into my shoes.
2:02- No. No stop don't fire they're just a bunch of kids! I think my biggest question now is not "will I like this movie?" but "exactly how many boxes of tissues should I have handy when I see it?"
2:04- Shivers, spine-tingles, all that jazz. SPLENDIFEROUS rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing?"
2:05- My immediate impression is that this is "Who Am I?", just from the look on his face.
2:07- I have got to get over this association of any and every epaulet with Prince Charming from Cinderella. I shall conquer this. I shall.
2:09- The locket, Fantine has the locket! And, I might add, a much prettier dress than any of the stage costumes I've seen, though it be heresy to say it...
2:14- I'm still feeling like Helena Bonham-Carter looks too young... she's supposed to be Eponine's mother, after all, and Eponine's eighteen by the end.
2:16- Ewww. Go away, disgusting people.
2:18- Without a doubt, this is the part where Valjean lets Javert go. The LOOK on his face... ohhhh.
2:19- Ring out the bells! Choke up! Squeal and drum your feet up and down!
2:20- Several months ago when the first pictures were released, one of my friends pointed out how fascinating it is to see the barricade "for real"--to see how truly tiny it was, how alone-and-with-no-friends the students really were. Which is something you just can't grasp as well on a revolving stage.
2:22- Let's just say goosebumps.
2:23- The Mighty Small One again!
2:24- Okay, I realize it's just a jump cut, but I adore how it almost looks as if Fantine is watching Cosette and Marius approvingly... sniffle...
2:25- Marius on the horse with the flag!! Sigh, squeal, you know the routine by now.
2:26- Cosette in the carriage leaving the wedding--this is reminding me of the final scene in Emma 2009.
2:27- Awwwww. I can't wait for "Suddenly"! ...Actually, I can't wait for ANY of it.
Wow. Just wow. This post got a lot longer than I meant it to. Which means I ought to get off Blogger and go write.
What did you think of the trailer?