I’ve always been fascinated by the tradition of major Hollywood films opening on Christmas Day. I guess studios figure that most families are together, many are off from work and school, and maybe everyone could use a little distraction from so much “togetherness.” Or, maybe it’s because of the December 31 Oscar deadline; having a film premier at the end of the year keeps it fresher in the minds of Academy voters.
Whatever the reason, Christmas Day has ushered in some pretty big films: Ali (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), and more.
This year, I am positively buzzing with excitement over a Christmas Day film release: Universal Pictures’ LES MISÉRABLES, featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Russell Crowe as Javert and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette.
Why am I so excited for this movie?
If you haven’t seen the extended first look for LES MISÉRABLES, you should definitely watch the video below. It shows how they’ve taken a completely revolutionary approach (no pun intended) to making this film, allowing the actors to sing live, in the moment, with piano accompaniment, while the full orchestra is added later. This method brings out an incredible range of emotion and makes the movie seem so much more authentic to me.
We tend to keep things more traditional in our family and typically don’t go out on Christmas Day, but you can bet that I will be one of the first in line (probably with my ticket already purchased and in hand!) on December 26 to see LES MISÉRABLES. I can’t wait!
*Disclosure: Though images and video links were provided by Universal Pictures, I was under no obligation to post and did not receive compensation for doing so. I am just super, super, super excited about this movie!