Calendar alert! The crowded period between Thanksgiving and the end of the year just experienced a little more upheaval. Universal has announced that “Les Miserables,” the big screen adaptation of the classic musical, will be released on December 25th instead of December 14th. That leaves “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as the only major release listed for the 14th. That’s understandable–who wants to go against that.
“Les Miserables” is a great Christmas Day movie in that it’s something the whole family can go see after all the presents are opened, well, providing the family has lots of musical theater fans. But you know what I mean–it’s got that event feel to it. The competition isn’t scary: “Guilt Trip,” “Parental Guidance,” and “Django Unchained.” The latter is the biggest release of that group, but I don’t think I’m stereotyping by saying there probably isn’t a lot of crossover between musical audiences and Quentin Tarantino audiences.
Well, there you go! Plan your December movie-going accordingly.
“Les Miserables” stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Tom Hooper directed.