The film is based upon the stage musical, which is itself an adaptation of the classic novel by Victor Hugo. The story, of course, is centered around Jean Valjean, a good man who spends decades on the run from institutional justice as personified by Inspector Javert. It's a story piled high with misery as characters of decency are put through the ringer, yet Les Miserables looks like it'll be the holiday season's classy picture to which families will flock.
Both of these spots tip their hats to the miseries to be found in Les Miserables, but also position it as a movie with inarguable uplift. The first is more specifically focused on Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean, while the second makes sure to drop that this is the new movie from The King's Speech director Tom Hooper, implicitly promising that the movie will leave audiences weeping.
The film shares a Christmas release date with Django Unchained, and it would be difficult to conceive of an odder double bill on the holiday. While Quentin Tarantino's latest looks like a funny, violent, happily over the top trip, Les Miserables is all about the prestige. It's built up quite a bit of awards season steam already, as you can see in IAR's Oscar predictions. Out of the two movies, this is definitely the one you're going to want to take your grandparents to see.