Synopsis: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Thoughts: Decades in development, the time was finally right for a big screen adaptation of the blockbuster musical. The first trailer teases us with sumptuous visuals and Anne Hathaway’s thin-ish voice singing one of the more famous songs. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Hathaway so wasn’t crazy about director Tom Hooper’s casting choice but she looks right for the part as do Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as our leads. From the short teaser it appears that Hooper has captured the world of Hugo’s novel with the right amount of grim and grime. A tale that’s ultimately about redemption, I’m quite eager to see how it all shakes out come December.
Synopsis: A man is tasked with delivering $150,000 of his deceased father’s fortune to the sister he has never met.
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Thoughts: I have to admit that I’m a bad Michelle Pfeiffer super-fan because I didn’t even know she was in this until I saw her lovely visage in the trailer for this new drama. While it appears Pfeiffer plays a supporting role here, her presence alone has made my eyes/ears perk up. I’m still not totally sold on Chris Pine but it looks like this could be a film that shows what his acting chops are made of. Elizabeth Banks is someone I continue to watch with interest – I think she’s phenomenally underappreciated which isn’t helped by her penchant for taking on less than challenging work. Her recent turn in The Hunger Games brought her right back into focus for me – what she did to make a small-ish part memorable was to be commended. I think the trailer gives too much away and I am SO weary of movies that hinge on the trivial “Big Secret That For Some Reason The Main Star Doesn’t Tell That Will Only Come Back To Haunt Them Later”. With that being said, I do think this looks like an above average drama with interesting actors – every summer needs a solid drama to cleanse our pallete from the brain-cell killing action epics and if played right People Like Us could be the movie we need.