Let me dispense with pretense - I watched the trailer and instantly tapped into my inner 13 year old. Oh man, I cannot wait to see this movie! Okay, fine, I have serious reservations about Russell Crowe as Javert and I'm not totally buying Anne Hathaway's dirty whore makeup in the trailer and who the hell is Samantha Banks and all that...BUT. But it's Les Miz and it's Hugh Jackman, which gives me hope, and it's going to be beautifully produced. That's a good thing.
I saw Les Miserables a few times as a teenager (you know, before I got into straight plays and started pretending that I had no love for musicals). The second time I saw it, I cried so hard when [SPOILER ALERT] Eponine dies that I shook the three rows of seats around me. My parents were very embarrassed*. Later, I saw it again on a high school language classes trip where I did not realize my friend didn't know what happened in the second act and made a comment at intermission along the lines of, "I'd better get some tissues or Eponine's going to drown in my tears instead of getting shot." He looked at me horrified and said, "Eponine dies?!" I think I replied, "What? Nooooooo of course not." At the fateful moment he turned around in his seat and glared at me. Sorry, Colin, sometimes life isn't fair. (Also, sometimes I am a jerk who spoils plot points.)
So, those of you like me - what do you think of the trailer? Looks good? Looks crappy? Can we safely bet that some younger Fanning sister will be young Cosette? Are you also dreading having to hear stupid "Castle On A Cloud" for the millionth time? Why does that song suck so much when the rest of the music is so beautiful? Will the frontman of 30 Odd Foot of Grunt or whatever it's called be able to handle "Stars"? Can Hugh Jackman really hit the notes in "Bring Him Home"? Do we think Karen Smith, boob-based weather reporter, can sell "A Heart Full of Love"? There's only one thing I know for sure - I'm bringing tissues.
*Note: I have not stopped embarrassing my parents, even in my 30s. My dad picked me up from the PATCO station the other day to take me to the dentist and was horrified that as he pulled up I was standing just outside the station brushing my teeth. WHAT!? I can't go to the dentist without having brushed immediately beforehand.