The popularity of musicals is both palpable and glaringly obvious. Film adaptations of famous Broadway musicals seem to have a certain attractiveness about them that draws in an audience. Following such great successes like Chicago, Rent, and Phantom of the Opera, the much loved musical Les Misérables will be recieving the big screen treatment as well. There is festive news on the front, as Universal has announced that the film will be released later than originally planned in favor of debuting directly on Christmas Day. Lovely way to spend time with the family, watching the French Revolution ravage peoples lives.
The film was set to be released on December 14, 2012, so that there would be time to gather some ticket sales before the rush of Christmas movie-going really hits. With this change, it seems as if Universal is attempting to capitalize on the common practice of seeing a film on or shortly after Christmas. Furthermore it may not have to compete with other films released around the same time since many people could have already see it, giving moviegoers the freedom to pick the freshest film.
Freshness aside, however, the film could easily be carried by the cast alone. Though it is true that there was some strife when it came to casting the role of Fantine, which ultimately went to Anne Hathaway, the film was stacked from the get go. With greats such as Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter, the movie could drop on midnight of New Years and people would still be held up in a stuffy theatre waiting.
I can't say I'm much of a musical theatre buff, but all I can say is that I hope this turns out more like Mama Mia! and less like Rock of Ages. I still can't listen to Styx without picturing Alec Baldwin with long hair.