I thought it was good, but since it is the first movie ever that I've gotten my name in the credits for, I probably wasn't too lucid in my declaration of love upon exiting the cinema.
I did like the acting, but gods, the singing. No way, Jose. Especially Cosette. Especially unbelievable was that Marius would walk away from Epotine for such a bland and unmemorable girl.
I mean, Epotine was just such a stronger character than Cosette. All Cosette has got is that she's lucky to have a rich father/caretaker. Epotine, on the other hand, she's just that much less pretty wallpaper than Cosette. Seriously, if the script hadn't drawn special attention to Cosette, I'd never remember her at all. She's so BLAND. And Amanda, you canNOT sing. Goddamn it. Just shut up.
Well, i still have my mind set for Wreck It Wralph as the best of 2012. But thats just me.
But yeah, the acting was AMAZING... i was impressed how the actors were crying! ...and such.
But since it was the first musical i ever heard, it... wasn't pleasant. I mean, a short song with everyone singing like in those Disney movies is fun and all, but if it's gonna be about 3 hours long, it's... TORTURE. Well, to me.
But the movie hit me. I still can't see Wolverine in the X-men movies the same anymore...
OhMyZordon!!! I loved that movie!!! And I've had experience with the show. The movie in no way measures up to the stage show but I thought it was fantastic! I've performed parts of it, seen it on Broadway (And met Lea Salonga! ), and seen both concerts on DVD. It is my favorite show of all time! The only major complaint I have about the movie is that they even considered Taylor Swift for the role of Eponine. There is no way that she could have even measured up to the level of Samantha Barks. I sat there the entire movie, clenching a tissue for dear life, sobbing my brains out while I mouthed the lyrics. lol Definitely the best movie I've seen all year! I can't wait til it comes out on DVD!!!
In my country the premiere of Les Miserables is the 10th of January... so I couldn't see it yet. But I HAVE TOO see it. When it is in cinema's, I will go there immediatly. I'm sure it's going to be one of the best movies, I've seen the trailer 1000 times And I love Russel Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter
ooh btw, everyone. Take advantage of it while it's still there, and check out the 25th anniversary concert (basically semi acted in costumes, but not full on play, more focused on the singing). Not all of them are my fave singers, but the best Jean Valjean for sure. You'll be amazed at the music quality compared to the movie ;D
ogod, unfortunately I really hated it. I was REALLY looking forward to it..but sadly it does not compare to hearing or seeing it on stage. The singing and the presentation of the music was really poor for many reasons, which in turn made the lovely visuals tarnished for me. EVerything sounded so garbled with the darn background ambiences and they changed half the lyrics X_X
this, ladies and gentlemen.. is how it's done. AMAZING orchestra, powerful voices, crystal clear words, and sheer soul: [link]
It confuses me why they did this gimmick of recording everything live on set for a movie, especially with people who haven't been prepped as regularly for the job of acting, moving, and singing all at once. People were drowned out, breathy...just wtf? why didn't they record it in studios so that there was a wonderful sound balance..
Now I know Jackman was on broadway, and was amazing in Oklahoma, but it struck me that Jean Valjean was out of his range or he just sounded weak.
Alfie Boe would have BEEN PERFECT. He is the best Jean Valjean I've ever heard.
Crowe was godawful as Javert, not gonna lie..and Crowe has talent and can sing.. HE JUST WAS WRONGLY CAST.
Samantha Barke was probably one of the few people who clearly had the oomph for it. I tear up occasionally listening to the broadway versions but felt numb during the film All I can say is..this is my favorite modern opera, and if you want to hear some of the best..watch the 10th or 25th anniversary concerts, or go see the actual play!!!
sorry for the rant.. I guess for some people it's enjoyable, esp if they've never heard or seen it, but it's hard to not say anything when I ADORE this music and I feel it's been mistreated ..
I saw it, and I will honestly say that I loved it. I thought they chose the right actors and actresses and had the music just right, all I have to say is job well done! I <3 Les Miserables! *starts humming, "Do You Hear The People Sing"*.
Russel Crow and Hugh Jackman did not live up to previous performances I have seen of their roles but then again those people were acting for stage and so perhaps drawing a comparison is unfair (and Javert I think is not an easy role).
Crowe's voice was fine in my opinion but he did not act with it much. He also stoff very stiff and mannequin like which was really my only significant criticism.
Anne Hathaway was fantastic and most of the others were very good.
I think the tendency towards close ups for the singing and dialogue was to do with the voices being recorded on-set. Presumably in order to get the proper quality the microphones would have had to be very close and perhaps this restricted how flexible one could be with the shots.
I saw the director interview on Charlie Rose (no, I don't normally watch that, was channel surfing before the movie came out and NEEDED to know what was up with the movie), and he said they had at least 3 different angles on each shot, one wide angle, one midrange, and one close-up, and it was a post-production decision to go with those close-up shots. I still don't believe that was the best decision.
On a side-note, I just (FINALLY) saw Lincoln today, and in a sense, I feel that was shot in a similar fashion to Les Miserables (a lot of personal close-up shots, a few epic shots scattered here and there), but the difference in cinematography was night and day to me. I feel like the shots in Lincoln were immaculately framed and edited together, with enough movement and interaction within frame to keep each shot interesting. I feel like if Les Miserables had been shot in a similar fashion I would be gushing about the movie right now.
I saw it on the 26th and I'm a born again movie goer! I don't know what people are talking about, it's a work of art! People said that the comic relief, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen, were too much. I think they were juuuuussst right :3
I have to say the stageshow is better in every way, although the movie was good compared to other movies. Let me preface that by saying I've seen the stageshow multiple times, the recordings of the anniversary concerts, seen the 1998 movie, own the soundtrack and have read the book repeatedly (in other words, I love Les Miz). I just saw the new movie musical today, and yes, was packed, and most people seemed to enjoy it. I felt it had good ideas, and had its moments, but didn't take full advantage of the possibilities posed by having such wonderful settings and didn't utilize the camera and the angles it offers. The shots felt disjointed, repeatedly going between wide panoramic shots and extreme close-ups where the camera did not move for long periods of time. I realize that was the director's vision, but to me it felt like screen tests were edited in (since in most songs, the movie focused strictly on the charater's face while completely blurring out the background. The only scenes that seemed to take full advantage of the movie format were the opening and closing scenes. I also felt that the most of the actors, while excellent actors, did not have the strength of voice to carry off such challenging roles in the way many of the stage actors can. Also, quite a few of the transitional song verses were edited out, and order of songs were changed, so certain areas of the story didn't flow as well as the stageplay.
Okay, now that I got that out, this movie was infinitely better than the previous movie incarnation of Les Miserables (which was not a musical), and the many of the sets were relatively realistic, and true to the book (although sometimes it felt Javert wandered off into another city...and another personality). In other words, think that a person new to the story would enjoy the movie, but for someone who has a vision in their head of how the story should take place, it doesn't deliver as much as it could have.