With a tremulous voice, Anne Hathaway announces the return of Les Miserables to the screen, this time in an adaptation that includes the music of the insanely popular musical. Singing I Dreamed a Dream, a song recently popularized by Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle, Hathaway plays the tragic and brief Fantine, who gives her child to Jean Valjean, a former criminal played by the always entertaining Hugh Jackman. Les Mis is set in the French Revolution and encompasses the story of Valjean's redemption and his rivalry between Javert (Russell Crowe), the police inspector who tracks him down in his new life. Tragic and beautiful, it is a powerful story made even richer with haunting music.
Hathaway's character is arguably not a huge part of the story, though her desperate act sets the stage for Jackman's story. It is a fitting and emotional introductory trailer and song, with just enough despair and hope. Directed by Tom Hooper, whose movie The King's Speech won best picture, Les Mis is on track to be a fantastic movie. If it is half as good as the trailer suggests, I say, bring on the misery, for we may just enjoy it!