Gone is one of those movies that didn’t make a dent at the box office when it was released in theatres this past winter, but is actually a decent little thriller. Sure, it has cliched moments, maybe more than some will put up with, but Amanda Seyfried manages to carry the film surprisingly well, even if she’s not always convincing as a badass. Throw in a small, supporting role from one of my current favourite actors and I’ll admit to liking Gone way more than I expected to.
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Well, here’s something to look forward to this coming December.
The trailer for the (musical) film version of Les Misérables has just hit the web and if you’re a fan of the stage production, it’s got everything you could hope for including: sweeping visuals, a story full of heart and soul and, of course, that powerful music. Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directs the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel with a star-studded and diverse cast: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier) and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier) among many others.
What do you think? Can the singing voices of Jackman, Hathaway and Crowe pull this off? Is Les Misérables just another big budget Hollywood musical doomed to underachieve? Or will it be something special and sit in our hearts right next to that timeless and magical stage production?