Earlier this week, two new TV spots appeared online, and I said that their reveal of some new footage sold the film's epic scope, with big romantic camerawork and lush visuals. This trailer makes Les Miserables look far, far bigger than either of those, and while it still has the big, sweeping sensibility about it, there's also plenty of frantic, on the ground material that could be surprisingly visceral.
The UK trailer below is the first to really focus on the bare bones of the story, with Inspector Javert's authoritarian pursuit of Jean Valjean, his compassionate relationship with the doomed Fantine and her daughter Cosette, as well as a little Marius thrown in, too. It's also the first to give a sense of the whole cast's singing. Previously, we've heard a lot of Anne Hathaway singing "I Dreamed a Dream," but here we get a listen to Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne using their pipes to the fullest.
With all that singing, this trailer also affords our best sense of just how The King's Speech director Hooper's treatment of the musical numbers actually sounds. Rather than recording the actors in a studio beforehand, here the cast is being recorded on set, allowing for naturalism in each take. The result here sounds compelling, with a refreshing lack of polish.
The musical version of Victor Hugo's timeless novel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 25th alongside Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, meaning you could indulge in a truly odd Christmas double feature.