I don’t usually spend much time on trailers, but this is such a big one that I thought I’d include it. Here, then, is the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s long-time a-coming adaptation of the Broadway hit “Les Miserables.”
As you can see, it stars Anne Hathaway. Oh, and Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. And urchins with smudged faces and raggedy clothes.
My point is that if you didn’t know the show or the book, you would probably watch that trailer and think Anne Hathaway was the star and Fantine was the main character. In reality, Fantine dies pretty early in Act One, unless they’re going to make some drastic changes and keep bringing her back in via flashbacks and things like that.
I guess they figured that “I Dreamed a Dream” is currently the most famous song from the show, which hasn’t always been the case in its history, but thanks to Susan Boyle, I suppose, it is now. So then they decided to stick with just one song rather than snippets of several. Okay, that’s fine, you can use that as a background for any of the scenes in the movie. But then it feels like they show Anne Hathaway in the majority of the clips in the trailer. Sure, we get to see some Hugh Jackman, with hillbilly beard and without, a quick look at Amanda Seyfried proving that French fashion hasn’t always been great, and Eddie Redmayne looking uncomfortable in the high collars that made life brutal for upper class men in those days. No wonder they kept overthrowing the government. There is a wee tiny glimpse of Eponine, who used to be everyone’s dream role, but since she’s played by a relative unknown, she does not get trailer time. We see Russell Crowe on a horse in a big hat. But in the end It’s still mostly all about Hathaway’s character.
I have nothing against Anne Hathaway, or Fantine. In fact, I appreciate the fact that they cast someone who could really sing in the role. But it just feels weird to me to have a trailer for “Les Miserables” and not hear one note sung by Jean Valjean.