Les Mis Movie
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:45 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:06 PM
Each to their own of course
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:10 AM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:53 AM
He's a producer, not a musical genius or an actors' director. I don't see how everything should have to be accepted as perfect just because it's got Cammack written all over it, surely everyone's allowed their personal opinion (especially when they can explain and support it)...
Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:20 PM
Which is a rambling way of saying in the end AH's IDAD is a creative offering, subject to interpretation and response by the audience and that's never going to change. The die hards, which run a spectrum of deeper connection to Les Mis, will react each in their own way (pardon me for stating the deeply obvious!) For example, I'm still skeptical about Crowe as Javert but remain open to seeing what I see.
I generally really liked the Phantom movie but I gather a lot of serious Phantom fans still regard all or part of it as heresy. Nonetheless, I see the movie as far different and separate from the stage version. That's what they are... versions. So when I see people objecting to Hathaway's version it doesn't matter to me. People are going to react. Some people wouldn't have The Scream in their lounge if you bought them the painting and paid them to keep it.
I also think it's worth bearing in mind that it's her version of the vision of a lot of people on the set and in the production process... she just didn't plonk down in that sewer and announce 'I'll be singing it this way, hit it!' In New York, poor Elena Roger is having her ass handed to her my many because her greatest sin it's not thirty years ago and she's not Patti LuPone.
Generally I find the Hathaway treatment is being well received, although I'd say there's a consistent number of people who who don't like it for one reason or another. I knew Hathaway could belt from her ditty at the Oscars she hosted (though I do not have any technical expertise to assess its merits on that basis); what surprised me was that she could deliver such softeness and vibrato.
It's certainly a different approach to treating it and I have to say, based on what little there is, I quite like it. I can't think of a Fantine I particularly remember or, of the many times I've seen Les Mis, a Fantine who moved me... I always found the direction for the character made her shrill and weepy and waily and generally I was quite relieved each time she died and not very moved to see her return from the great beyond for the finale (although I do feel bad for her that the Almighty doesn't run an afterlife where she couldn't do anything about that cash for curls buzz cut. Of all the many rooms in my father's house apparently not one is a heavenly hair salon.) My reaction to the Hathaway version is here is what looks like a good and gentle woman brought low by circumstance who has now hit absolute rock bottom with nowhere to turn. She's up against the sewer wall. It is the most moving interpretation of both, for me, that I have seen.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:54 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:35 PM
Haven't seen anything. Imagine that was done later. They might be holding back Helena's Thenardier for later PR, They have not shown Sam Bark's Eponine yet either?
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:10 PM
Less than a second of Sam - just an idea of her look. Nothing Thenardier. The trailer trails the big film stars and I thought establishes the casting and look of Valjean. Javert and Fantine. If they want to show something funny later on thats going to be the Thenardiers, and if they want some more solo singing over, Eponine and Valjean are the ones that get the job of selling the show at things like the Royal Variety or Oliviers?
Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:16 PM
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