Okay, so the last time I remember being totally stoked about a movie was in 1991 and the movie was Hook. Really, I admit that. Out loud and proud. I do think it was semi-situational and the excitement of the cute boy I was with at the time may have played a small role. Our "relationship" lasted almost exactly from the movie where we saw the preview for Hook to the seeing of the actual movie.
It sucked. The "relationship" and the movie.
I do also remember being intent on seeing The Hours. It being a favorite book, and all. I also remember that while Deb and I saw that, Marc and JWH saw something terrible with Jack Nicholson. Sometimes a man's desire to avoid a period piece takes him to an even worse place. Just sayin'. And just a few weeks ago at work I was talking to a young gal about something or other and I was like, "yeah, yeah, like in The Hours." I think we somehow were discussing being trapped in suburban motherhood roles... does not matter... what mattered was that she had never heard of the book or the movie. I heartily recommended both. And pulled up the Google to remind myself of Julianne Moore's name. At that point another gal, not as young but younger than me (picture the 40, the 30 and the 20 all in a room - hooray for workplace diversity!) popped in and she had never heard of it either. Sheesh, people, get caught up on literary greatness, will ya? Or at least NetFlix greatness.
So, anyway, I am again excited. This time it's for a musical. I know, I know, I have a very strict no musical rule in general, but for Jean Valjean I will suffer through some songs. I mean, Jean Valjean!
I cannot even wait. I have never seen the broadway thing (the "no musical rule," after all) but the book? The book! Oh, how I loved the book. I felt bad for the book, even, that the whole world sees the words "Le Mis" and thinks "Broadway!" Nononono. It's a book, damnit. A real, old school epic of a book.
And, now? it's a Hugh Jackman movie. Man almighty that's some damned good casting.