You’re probably still weeping over the first trailer for the upcoming Tom Hooper-helmed Les Misérables feelings extravaganza, which dropped earlier this year and featured a devastating rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" from Anne Hathaway. You may have even watched that trailer on repeat several dozen times upon first viewing, which is totally okay because we did too. But pretty much every piece of promotional material about the movie since has mostly hinged on that "I Dreamed A Dream," which is great, but that’s one number out of many that make up the musical. Well, in the new UK trailer, we get some new numbers, new scenes and an even more crushing "I Dreamed A Dream," all which feed into the hype, but with at least one caveat.
Anne Hathaway still breaks your heart, "One Day More" still stirs and most of the principal cast looks pretty solid, and we get our first glimpse of Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thénardiers (the latter in the middle of "Master of the House"), which is just gonna be the greatest. But one of the bigger nagging questions about the film has been the casting choice of Russell Crowe as Javert, who gets two of, like, the best musical numbers in the whole show and requires great complexity and nuance. Crowe can act, certainly, but can he sing, or at least, deliver as Javert? As we feared before the first footage even hit the web, Russell Crowe opens his mouth, and, uh, it’s not great. Maybe Tom Hooper is just tantalizing us and he actually brings down the house with "Stars," but for now, it looks like Crowe’s Javert will be a lot of shouting and uninspired, almost nervous-sounding vocals. Woof. The rest of it looks pretty great though—it’s hard not to get excited about the barricade scenes, especially with a good round of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" thrown in for good measure. Watch.