Les Misérables: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Monday, December 24, 2012

"Fight. Dream. Hope. Love."

Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper's motion picture adaptation of the world-renowned musical based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables opens tomorrow on Christmas Day. The Daily Zombies take a final look at the film well-acclaimed ahead of its release. 

The battle at the box office on Christmas Day has traditionally been crowded by family-friendly treats the likes of Fox's latest release, Parental Guidance. This year, we see two unconventional contenders ready to slaughter these comfortably numb all-ages comedies thanks to earlier release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (with these films avoiding a direct conflict with the expected box office juggernaut). One would be a (somewhat controversially) relentless take on a painful history of America courtesy of auteur film-maker Quentin Tarantino, while the other one threw all box-office concerns to the air by turning on the happy, merry spirits of Christmas for being an absolute tragedy. Being Christmas' eve, we here at The Daily Zombies take a final look at the latter of the two films that by no coincidence happen to be two of the very most anticipated of the year.

In our First Look at Les Misérables, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper's motion picture adaptation of the world-renowned musical of the same name by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg that is in turn based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables, we witness the impressive transformation of Anne Hathaway into Fantine with her moving rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in the first trailer of the film. It goes without saying that the film has been on a roll in its promotion, sweeping many who were originally a non-fan of the musical to be in anticipation of the star-studded film that also featured A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried. Much of the credits has to go to both 
director Tom Hooper for his Academy Award-winning showing in 2010's The King's Speech and the astounding vocal performance displayed by the cast in the promotional clips released thus far. 

With Hooper taking on the unconventional method of recording the actors' vocal performances live on set as opposed to be in the studio like almost every other musical films, the raw performances have been standing out to the audiences. Apart from that, the production values of the film from the costume designs, the cinematography, and the set designs have proven to be a top notch combination that the film has "awards" written all over. In fact, the film has garnered an impressive four Golden Globe Awards nominations (including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress) well ahead of its release.

Now, without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers, featurettes, official set photos, and posters released thus far.


The "On My Own" Trailer.

The International Trailer.

The first Teaser Trailer.

An extended "behind-the-scene" clip for the film.


Craft Featurette: Sound Mixing / Editing

Craft Featurette: Costume Design

Craft Featurette: Hair & Make Up 

Craft Featurette: Original New Song: "Suddenly" 

Craft Featurette: Production Design 

Courtesy of Vogue, renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz took on the main cast to deliver this awesome pieces.

The official set images released in its high resolution format by Universal.

The posters released thus far.

And here's the official synopsis of the film:

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech‘s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, with further casting to be announced.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”–Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Les Misérables is currently scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012.


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