Before I say anything, just let me say I’m not a fan of musicals.
This doesn’t mean I don’t any of them. There are quite a few that I love, such as Fiddler on the Roof or The Wizard of Oz, and last year I got to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway and hope to see it turned into a movie. But I just really haven’t found myself liking very many. And though I have much respect and admiration for director Robert Altman, I think that West Side Story is pretty overrated.
It’s a little difficult to judge the film based on a teaser. Les Miserables come from Toby Hooper, the director of The King’s Speech. It seems a little bit strange of how Hooper’s completely hopping genres, but plenty of directors have done that successfully (Stanley Kubrick is a great example).
I was pretty impressed with the teaser. Putting my resentment for musicals aside, it looks like Les Miserables could be a very good film. I’m not too sure how Russell Crowe could star in a musical, but we’ll see.