The first trailer is out. I got a bit teary-eyed watching.
Oh my! I got misty too!
So did I! It looks REALLY good!
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Sk8sue, thank you for finding and posting that.
She is, or at least was, a better singer than Crowe, based on what I've heard. If that's her "I Dreamed a Dream", then what is Crowe's "Stars" like?
The experienced musical theater actors will be bringing their best voices, so I hope the contrast in quality doesn't sound jarring. In the Phantom of the Opera movie, not only was Gerald Butler unqualified as a singer, but Patrick Wilson was so much better that it was jarring. Oh well, yet another reason to root for Valjean over Javert
The artistic visuals look beautiful.
Although Anne Hathaway doesn't have the most powerful voice, I thought she did a great job capturing the emotion of the song and I was moved. Obviously you can't tell everything from a trailer, but it got me really excited to see the film. I think Hugh Jackman will be brilliant.
i thought she sounded like she had a head cold in the high parts
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
As pleasant as her voice is, it's not suited for musical theater like Les Miserables. However, the director worked around that by having her sing the song after she's sold her hair, from what I've read. In the musical, the song is sung after she gets fired from the factory, before she becomes ill. She's in despair but not broken down and ill. The movie version, however, moves the song to after she's completely broken and ill.
Very smart way to work around her vocal limitations!
Really looking forward to Hugh Jackman's performance. While I'm not expecting Alfie Boe's voice, Jackman does have the singing chops and I imagine can adapt well. The role of Valjean was originally written for a baritone, but when they found Colm Wilkinson, they wanted him so much for the role that they re-wrote it! Also very excited to see/hear Samantha Barks.
Most curious about the movie's Marius. He'll inevitably be compared to an impossibly high standard (Michael Ball) and a low standard (Nick Jonas). My guess is that it'll fall somewhere in between. The movie will be a complete disaster if he's not even as good as Jonas.
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Saw this today - absolutely cannot wait! I think it's going to be really good.
Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
Yes, Mr. Jackman does have the singing chops.
I'm not a voice expert by any means, but it works for me! Not to mention how pretty he is....
I did read long ago that he studied opera in Vienna while he was on location filming "Van Helsing" in preparation for The Boy From Oz. I think. I know I read he was training with an opera coach in prep for something on Broadway.
Anyone ever seen his "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview?
Here is a clip of him singing a song that's closer to the Les Mis style. He's not Alfie Boe, but he's more than qualified for the role.
That's why I'm worried about the contrast between him and Crowe. One of the reasons Nick Jonas sounded bad is that he was singing alongside glorious powerful voices, and that made his weakness more apparent.