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While Amanda Seyfried's Cosette and Eddie Redmayne's Marius sing about hearts full of love in one of the recently released clips from Tom Hooper's upcoming Les Miserables, we're given a glimpse of another duet, this one far less romantic. But just as "A Heart Full of Love" marks the start of a relationship between two characters in the story, so does this scene between Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe's Javert. And we also have another look at Jackman singing solo.
As though fans of the upcoming feature adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's novel weren't already eagerly anticipating the movie's release this Christmas, we've been treated to a number of clips from the film, among which are these two. The first one gives us a better sampling of Crowe's singing talents as his character Javert releases Jackman's Jean Valjean from prison but warns him that he'll be watched.
The scene above takes place early on in the story and establishes Valjean as a convict who's maybe not such a bad guy (he stole a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child). It's part of the set up to the relationship between Valjean and Javert, who goes on to pursue Valjean in the years that follow.
And that leads us to this next clip, which has Valjean at a crossroads. He's living under an alibi and on the run from Javert. When faced with the opportunity to let another man take the fall for him due to a case of mistaken identity, he has to ask himself who he is and what kind of choice he can live with.
The choice to have the cast sing live was a risk, but from the clips we've seen so far, including Cosette and Marius' "Heart Full of Love" and Eponine and Fantine's songs, it looks like it's paying off. Some may prefer the polished studio performances we're used to seeing in feature musicals, but there's definitely something to be said for the added emotion and connection we're seeing in each of these scenes, which could really elevate the quality of this adaptation.
We'll have to wait and see how it all comes together when the film arrives. On that note, some theaters are already selling tickets for the Christmas release. Check to see what's available in your area at Fandango.com.
Les Miserables arrives in theaters December 25. More information, photos and video can be found in our Blend Film Database.