Trailer Tuesdays: The Mummy 2017

When I first heard that a movie called The Mummy was coming out, I was appalled. Although I’m usually optimistic regarding potential remakes and reboots, a line must be drawn somewhere. Ready to loft my pitchfork, light my torch, and blast “The Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast at the idea that anyone could remake the iconic 1999 Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz film, I sat down to watch the trailer. Two minutes and change later, I found myself confused rather than angry.

Why are people calling this a remake?

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Trailer Tuesdays: Les Misérables

Lady Bacula: We’ve got a new Les Misérables trailer, you guys! And only one week until we can see the whole thing. It’s actually the international trailer. I’m not sure what that means, but it doesn’t make the movie look any less awesome.

I’ve never seen the musical, although I know a lot of the music from various choruses in my younger years. I thought about reading the book, but Lady Saika warned me against it.

Lady Saika: I love it, but the unabridged version is the only way to go, and it’s a hell of a commitment at 1400+ pages.

Lady Bacula: I’m reading the Song of Ice and Fire books instead. But I love Hugh Jackman (from X-Men and Oklahoma!), and Anne Hathaway seems to have good chops. I’m a tad worried about Russell Crowe. In fact, I’m afraid we’re going to get a similar performance to Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! And if you’ve never seen that, count yourself amongst the lucky.

Now that we are all gearing up for Christmas, I hope you’ve put seeing this movie on your list!

Theatre Thursdays: Les Miserables – THE MOVIE!!1

I have a confession to make, everyone: I love the musical Les Miserables more than I have loved any stage show ever, bar none.  It was the first musical that made me cry; I spent my final years of grade school and the beginning of high school independently studying the history of revolutionary and Napoleonic France because of my love of it; I have read the unabridged original novel by Victor Hugo (at a whopping 1463 pages) far more times than is normal or possibly healthy. I actually cried with joy onstage when I had the opportunity to perform in a student production.

So when I heard they were finally making a movie adaptation of this driving force in my life, I had ALL THE FEELINGS. Musical to movie adaptations are a mixed bag to be sure, usually only appealing to people who were fans of the musical to begin with, and often starring actors chosen for their fame rather than for their ability to sing. I’M LOOKING AT YOU, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA MOVIE. And when you get the original cast instead, they’ve usually aged a decade or so and a suspension of disbelief is required when you see them playing twenty-somethings. I’M LOOKING AT YOU, RENT MOVIE.

So here’s the cast list so far:

And can I say? I’m actually pretty confident about it.  The only person who makes me worried at this point is Russell Crowe, because I simply don’t know if he has the vocal chops (or the muttonchops, har har) to carry the really awesome and important role of Javert.  I know that Jackman will be amazing as Valjean, though; Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter will be tremendous as the skeevy Thenardiers.  And, when I looked up that cast list just now my little Mizzie heart just leapt in my chest with happiness, because the original cast’s Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, is playing the Bishop of Digne.

So this isn’t coming out for a while and the cast has only very recently become more than a thing of speculation. And I haven’t seen any set shots or trailers yet that give me a feel for how those things will or will not emulate the musical.  But I’m hoping that it’s all-star cast will both do justice to the score AND bring the pure wonderfulness of Les Miserables to a wider movie-going audience. My fingers are crossed, and the stars in their multitudes have been wished upon.

Here, have a ludicrously high-res and ludicrously AWESOME movie poster for the road.