A flood of news surrounding Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own critically acclaimed novel The Perks of Being A Wallflower has struck this week, with the announcement that the trailer shall be shown at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.
Emma Watson, who will be playing the character of Sam, tweeted:
She has also more recently posted a link to a very quick preview of the trailer, which can be seen by clicking here. Despite its brevity, the teaser looks very encouraging, as does the poster!
The MTV Movie Awards, hosted this year by Russell Brand, will be airing live from Los Angeles tonight and you can tune in via the internet or by heading over to MTV on your television. For those of us in the UK, MTV will be showing it tomorrow night from 9.
The Avengers overtakes HP7 to become 3rd highest grossing film of all time
On Friday 31st May, Marvel’s The Avengers (otherwise known as Avengers Assemble here in the UK) beat out last year’s monumentally successful Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become the third highest grossing movie ever.
The final installment in the Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows Part 2 grossed $1.328 billion dollars worldwide after its release date last year in late July. The Avengers, released in April for those of us in the UK, has grossed a whopping $1.331 billion dollars, placing it firmly behind James Cameron’s two unbeatable blockbusters Avatar ($2.782 billion) and Titanic ($2.185 billion).
We have recently been given a very short glimpse of Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation ofthe worldwide musical phenomenon Les Misérables. The teaser trailer (which can be seen below) runs at a measly 1 minute 38 seconds, but seems enough to quench fans’ initial thirst. However, reactions online have been mixed, including some particularly scathing reviews of Anne Hathaway’s rendition of arguably the musical’s most famous song I Dreamed A Dream.
It is clear that her voice shan’t be enough for everyone - it is not pristinely trained and does not hold the clarity nor the vibrato of the typical Fantine. Many people have (unjustly) compared her performance to that of Broadway star Lea Salonga’s from the 25th Anniversary Concert in the O2. But what most of these critics seem to fail to understand is that different mediums require different interpretations. It is evident to me, having seen various different occasions in which Anne Hathaway has sung, that she would be completely capable of belting the song. Therefore it appears most likely that the style has been changed for cinematic effect. Working through the camera means that the audience will have a vastly different viewpoint through which they watch the performance: it allows for a closer, more intimate relationship between character and viewer, whereas the theatre is necessarily more universal due to the physical gap between audience and performer. Hathaway’s rendition is inarguably filled with the emotional resonance of a woman who has lost everything, which I believe a lot of theatrical performers are incapable of portraying. Her Fantine is rife with regret and anger, but is most obviously just full of hopelessness and pathos. It is more touching and emotive than I’ve ever seen before.
The trailer doesn’t only show Fantine however - we’re briefly given shots of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russel Crowe’s Inspector Javert, Amanda Seyfried’s Cosette, Eddie Redmayne’s Marius and Samantha Barks’ Éponine. Although the trailer leaves much to be wanted as we have yet to experience any of their voices, the look of each character is perfect.
The film also already has Tom Hooper written all over it - the strange lens choices, interesting character placement within shots and very effective use of camera placement are evident throughout. His interpretation is bound to be dark, but what I found to be most interesting is the element of realism he’s added; musicals are intrinsically idealistic but, in choosing to use live recordings of cast members, Hooper seems to have made the characters much more real in themselves.
All of this from a minute and a half? It might be too early to tell, but I have a feeling that this film will satisfy fans the world over. Although, what people must remember is that this is an adaptation - hence, it shall not be a direct movement from stage to screen. There will be changes, there will be cuts and there will be stylistic differences - if you’re willing to embrace them and view the film as a film alone, then get excited because you’re in for an absolute treat. If not, then stop whining and don’t see the movie.