Because the first teaser for the upcoming Les Miz movie has just been released.
Let that sink in for a minute--no, don't bother. Just do what I did: watch the video, burst into tears, leap up and do a happy dance around the room (YES I DID) and then watch the video over and over again. Lather, rinse and repeat.
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes!
Following Elise's example over at Ribbons of Light, here's a shot-by-shot breakdown of the trailer. Hopefully this will be helpful to those of you who aren't too familiar with the musical. Yes, Millicent, I'm looking at you.
0:12- Countryside with some snow, a lone figure walking in the background. I'm guessing this is "What Have I Done?" aka "Valjean's Soliloquy," right after the bishop gives Valjean the candlesticks.
0:13- She might not be Lea Salonga, but Anne Hathaway's voice is far more promising than I'd hoped for--she sounds broken and defeated, which is what Fantine is supposed to be.
0:17- Definitely "Valjean's Soliloquy". Another story must begiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!
0:19- First glimpse of Russell Crowe as Javert! YES! Excellent, excellent.
0:21- Anne Hathaway as Fantine... eep, that dress could rival Marguerite's as far as the whole you-forgot-your-lace thing... but she looks so sad and pathetic. I sound morbid, but it's perfect.
0:25- I'm guessing this is "Look Down". Is Gavroche in that crowd of kids?
0:26- This looks like a jail door opening. I'm not sure what it might be.
0:28- Little Cosette! Awww, I just want to pick her up and hug her.
0:31- The factory in Montfermeil, "At the End of the Day."
0:32- Ooh, Little Blue Riding Hood.
0:36- "Valjean's Soliloquy" again, I'm guessing. The church reminds me of the one in Sound of Music.
0:39- "Prologue/Work Song." WOWWWWWWW. This was where I really started bawling.
0:43- Jean Valjean as mayor of Montfermeil, probably.
0:45- JAVERT, peoples. If Russell Crowe can do justice to "Stars", Philip Quast will have to move down from the Top Javert Spot on my list.
0:46- "Fantine's Arrest", in all likelihood. I'm not one for dark, depressing movies, but I must say that the setting looks great for this kind of story. Stage scenery can't fully capture the look of Paris' poorest districts the way a movie set can.
0: 50- The wedding--and Amanda Seyfried's Cosette is looking so promising! If only she can handle "A Heart Full of Love"...
0:52- THE BARRICADE. Just WOW. Again, so much better than any stage could ever do. Red, the blood of angry men... Where is Enjolras, where is Enjolras?
0:56- Eddie Redmayne as Marius! Calm yourselves, ladies, at least it's not Nick Jonas. We can be grateful for this at least. (Actually, his voice is pretty good, all things considered.)
0:57- Valjean coming to rescue Cosette from the Thenardiers? Yep, definitely. Awww, she's so precious!
1:00- Hmmm, this is unmistakably "Lovely Ladies." This will be the exit-the-theater-for-a-bathroom-break scene. :P
1:03- Fantine sells her hair for her little girl and Amy completely loses it.
1:05- I'm LOVING this version of IDAD! Sure, it's not as lovely as Lea Salonga's, but the pathos, the heartbreak... yep, I'm hooked.
1:07- Ooh, Javert and his men are on the prowl. Could this be "The Robbery/Javert's Intervention"?
1:08- Valjean and Little Cosette again. I'm thinking this is "Suddenly," the new song Claude-Michel Schonberg wrote for the film.
1:09- Marius and Cosette do the whole love-at-first-eye-contact thing. Ooh, her dress is like the one in the musical! At least they're preserving SOME of the original costumes... *wipes away tears at the loss of Enjo's Red Vest of Power and Awesomeness*
1:12- Let's hear it for Samantha Barks! Could this be "On My Own?" No, she's not dressed as a boy, so perhaps it's the part where she goes to find Cosette for Marius ("Eponine's Errand"). I might add that that's not a little fall of rain--that's a downpour.
1:14- "Stars," maybe? Oh, for a tiny snippet of the song itself...
1:16- Jean Valjean again, looking a bit more respectable than in the opening shots, but not quite well-to-do. Maybe this is "Who Am I?"
1:18- Fantine again.
1:31- Yes. Yes it does. All I want for Christmas...
Are you sobbing yet?
More importantly, do you plan to see the movie when it comes out? December 14th in the U.S... am I the only one counting down the days?