movie news: Les Misérables poster and featurette


You can infer from self-professed love of dance movies, that I probably like musicals too… and you would be right. And of all the musicals I’ve seen, my favourite has got to be Les Misérables.

les mis 2012 film posterSo when I heard they were making another Les Misérables film I have to admit, I was excited. Even though I counted 15 other film versions of Les Mis in only a cursory glance at IMDb… I think there’s still place for a definitive one.

Of course, I was also slightly apprehensive. Not because of the idea that they were turning it into a film… No, the reason I was apprehensive was because ever since the rise of Glee, there’s been a tendency to auto-tune everything until you can barely tell one singer from another, male or female.

Now I know auto-tuning existed before Glee but it seems to me that since the show’s popularity exploded a few years ago, the mass media seems to think that this is what audiences like. This is what singing is meant to sound like. We don’t want to hear emotion, we couldn’t possibly standing hearing a note a tiny bit out of place – digital perfection is what we want.

Well it’s not what I want. I want to hear the singers voice, not some fake vanilla flat tone.

Anyway, when the first trailer for the Les Mis movie came out my fears were allayed. It appears that Tom Hooper, who you might remember directed The King’s Speech, is also a devotee of real emotion in singing. Following on from that trailer a few months ago they released a featurette last week highlighting how the cast all sang live during recording.

Ok, I can’t imagine that they haven’t touched up the vocals slightly, but from what I can hear, it sounds mostly auto-tune free… Phew!

In addition to the featurette they’ve also released a new poster today which recalls the original striking image of a young Cosette, you can see that under the trailer.

The film stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Samantha Barks as Eponine (who was always my favourite character) and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette. It’s due in Irish cinems on 11th Jan 2013 but lucky folks in the US will be getting it in cinemas on Christmas Day 2012.

I love Les Mis… there will be tears…

Les Miserables poster, comparision to the Broadway poster

Les Misérables is in UK and Irish cinemas on 11 Jan 2013


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    Bill TSeptember 26, 2012 - 3:26 am

    Will be tears? I’d have thought that Fantine in that clip would be pretty close already!

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    MunirSeptember 28, 2012 - 7:21 am

    “hearing a note a tiny bit out of place”

    The thing with auto-tune is that it doesn’t do this, at least for me. It makes it more obvious that something has been “photoshopped”. But that may just be the limitations of the current technology.

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    les@norma beckettJanuary 16, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    The best musical and poss film my wife and i have ever seen.the wife was in tears most of the time,even i felt a wee tear now and again.fantastic storey telling musica,brill acting by evertone.jackman and crowe just outstanding. not digital perfection but what emotion in singing.worth another visit.GO AND SEE IT.

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