Les Mis Movie
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:46 AM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:22 AM
That said, Crowe was the weak link, vocally.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:28 AM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:45 AM
I noticed that as well and thought it was strange, but it didn't annoy me half as much as Hugh Jackman inexplicably switching the 'I run a business of repute; I am the mayor of this town' lines around. That was irritating! And the lyrics changes in the finale, while understandable in terms of the narrative, didn't impress me either. Neither did most of the changes to the narrative/songs on the barricade, particularly the complete lack of mention of Eponine's death after she was carried away - there's a wonderful line in the stage show about her being the first to fall and that she will not have died in vain that should have been in the movie in my opinion.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:27 PM
All in all it was wonderful, wouldn't say no to seeing it again!
London's West End: Wicked x3; War Horse; The Phantom of the Opera; Jersey Boys x3; Sister Act; Lend Me A Tenor; Betty Blue Eyes; Legally Blonde; Les Miserables x2; A Chorus Line; The Book of Mormon; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
UK Tour: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Annie; Blood Brothers x2; We Will Rock You; Sister Act; South Pacific; Chicago; Starlight Express; Hairspray; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Cats; Carnaby Street; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Ghost.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:10 PM
Interestingly my companion at the film was seeing the story pretty cold - she'd seen in on stage ten years ago - and she felt the movie better explained much of the story, which I think was down to the La Marque funeral sequence. I did think that was genius.
I was thinking about it this morning and I wonder if the sung through musical doesn't work as well on screen as the dialogue and song musical. I do think the live singing contributed tremendously to the strengths of this film version.
The Plague coming on fast seemed rather silly to me, too. I assumed the plague in Europe was long done by the early 1800s and it was - the last outbreak in France was in Marseilles in 1720. Hardly a deal breaker but nonetheless doesn't make a lot of sense.
I think I have to see it again to see if my initial impressions still hold.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:34 PM
And why was Amanda Seyfried doing an impression of a sheep?
You are wrong there......it was a goat. She was dreadful.
I actually surprised myself as to how much I liked the film. The bits that have been released do no do it justice. I thought Jackman was best when he was at full belt, BHH wasnt his best. I was irritated by the lyric edits "I run a business of repute I am the mayor of this town" was flipped "I am the mayor of this town I run a business of repute" or something similar...why? It stopped it scanning/ryhming
I intend to see it again, where I wont be Wender spotting.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:04 PM
The raw emotion from whoever it was who collected Gavroche's body. It was the only point in the whole film I was moved to tears. (I would have, should have been moved by Anne Hathaway, but we've all been so exposed to her I Dreamed a Dream already that it was more of a confirmation of all the hype.)
It was Fra Fee, left the stage show last year after playing Prouvairre and understudy Marius. One of my absolute favourite west end performers. I thought the barricade boys did themselves proud and hope many more opportunities come their way because of this film. Someone mentioned in an earlier post about how David Thaxton should have been given the role of Enjolras; I couldnt agree more. I dont dislike Aaron at all, but I wanted more power in the performance and I think Thaxton would have given that.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:04 PM
I rather enjoyed fit despite, for me, the real weaknesses being Crowe's singing. As a result I felt limited emotional attachment to Javert. That said, his moment with Gavroche was potent and his suicide was very moving. I just wish I could have cared more about his Javert.
I also felt the music to be somewhat turned down so I lost that epic sweep of the sound, although I appreciate an in-your-face assault of the wonderful music with volume turned up might have detracted somewhat. But it took some getting used to for me.
I rather liked Redmayne's Marius, esp his singing, even though I felt him a bit limited acting-wise, but boy he looked good and I would have fallen for him!!! Empty Chairs was marvellous, and more so in its simplicity. Hugh J was a perfectly decent JVJ but I also felt his BHH to be lacking vocally, although it was moving.
Anne H was great. I really loved her Fantine. Liked Samantha Barks although curiously On My Own, while sung with conviction and with great flair, didn't move me the way that song has done before. Not quite sure why. Still it was nice to have a full-on stagey number on the screen.
I normally am a blubbering mess at moving shows when watching them on stage but it took until Gavroche's death for me to well up in the film, and from that point on, well It didn't take much....that finale was, for me, just stunning.
And it was so nice to be in a cinema with the other members of the audience in utter silence throughout.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:08 PM
Anne Hathaway will definitely win the Oscar for her incredible performance & I wouldn't be surprised if Jackman doesn't win best actor. He was sublime.
Amanda Seyfried was good as were Sacha Baron-Cohen & Helena Bonham-Carter. I was, however, bowled over by Samantha Barks and especially Eddie Redmayne who was brilliant.
The most important thing for me was that this was an outstanding group of talented actors who can sing rather than a group of singers who can act.
It's the best film I've seen, musical or otherwise, and it got a huge ovation at the end! 5 out of 5 stars from me!
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