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2 hits 2.2 (19 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 6 years ago by Shark89

Les Miserables

Release Date: Friday, December 14 2012
Stars: Hugh Jackman , Russell Crowe , Anne Hathaway , Helena Bonham Carter
Genre(s): Drama, Musical

"Les Miserables" story, characters and photos © Universal Pictures


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6 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 12/14/12 - 2:58:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it was listed as the 14th back when I put this up, and then they pushed it to Christmas.

Sorry I got your hopes up.
6 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 12/14/12 - 8:07:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't like it.

It was well acted and directed - although Crowe doesn't really have a good enough voice - but the style of singing didn't appeal to me. Visually, it was lush and most of the actors turned in good performances. Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne [sp?] and Samantha Barks were superb. Hugh Jackman was something of a revelation.

Amanda Seyfried left me completely cold as Cosette - it's a bit of a 'nothing' role, but her warbling was just irritating.

Bonham Carter and Baron Cohen were absolutely fantastic as the comic turns - witty and physical, exactly what the film needed.

All in all, I suspect the things that annoyed me about the film, were things that I'd dislike about the musical. Too much warbling, lack of pace, some characters very poorly fleshed out.

If you're a fan of the musical, I think you'll like the movie, but it's not for me.
6 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 12/14/12 - 8:46:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
You lucky. You got to go to a sneak peek. Anyway, I was listening to the radio last night and they were talking about the movie and I was hearing little clips of some of the songs and I think I know what you mean about the singing style. But if you were to see the stage production, most likely the singing would be smoother. None of the dramatic effect where parts of the song are spoke. For example, at the end of "Who Am I?", in the stage production, he sings "I Jean Valejeaaaaaaaaaaan!" at the end. In the movie, he just says, "I'm Jean Valjean."
6 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 12/15/12 - 3:38:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I love the stage musical, but I am SO disappointed with the casting of this movie (mainly Hathaway and Seyfried) that I don't know if I'll be able to stomach it.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/18/12 - 10:42:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
when i watch movies about musicals, it makes me prefer the musicals. let's see how this turns out.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/25/12 - 4:02:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
We just got back from seeing it - and it was absolutely wonderful. Seyfried, I agree, was a bit of a cold Cossette - but as Chips pointed out, it was a "nothing" role and thankfully we didn't have to sit through too much of her squawking.

Anne Hathaway was excellent and as Chips once again said, Hugh Jackman was a revelation - I honestly didn't expect such a fine performance from him.

Crowe came across as a bit flat and boring to me - he tried really hard, though, and I think his lack of...something...underlined for me that Javert was never going to be as great a person as Val Jean was. So I guess while his voice wasn't fantastic, he did a pretty good job.

However, I do love the stage performance so this movie was definitely for me. Take lots of kleenex, you're gonna need it.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/25/12 - 4:06:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just got back from seeing this.

The good:
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman kill their parts. They will deserve every award they're nominated for. Russel Crowe, though he wasn't memorable in many ways, exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. I also liked the Thenardiers way more than I expected it to.


The bad:
The song "Dog Eat Dog" is omitted completely and "Beggars at the Feast" was cut down so much it may as well have been removed altogether. Also I wasn't a huge fan of either Marius or Cosette.


The ugly:
With a movie they're able to portray the utter desperation and squalor the characters are living in much better than they could in a theater. It turned "Lovey Ladies" from something of a light-hearted or at least high-spirited romp to something uttery gut-wrenching. Also the splat when Javert kills himself.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/25/12 - 11:31:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
i liked it. mostly. like Chips said, there was a complete and utter lack of pace. it was also pretty annoying to watch (i swear to god it's just one continuous wide closeup). but the singing was pretty great and the performances were amazing all around. it was fun and theatrical.
and yeah, Sacha was my favorite part
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/26/12 - 8:53:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
The movie was absolutely amazing. It was simply superb. Jackman, Hathaway and Seyfried were fantastic and Barks was simply perfect in every way. Hathaway was just so perfectly tragic, almost every scene with her I was on the verge of tears.

My only complaints were the abridged songs, Russel Crowe (he actually made a damn good actor but he was obviously the weakest singer) and the film felt rushed towards the beginning and end (though thankfully the finale was left untouched
save for Eponine's duet with Fantine which pisses me the f-ck off though the sheer beauty of the rest of it allowed me to forgive this exclusion
)

Also
that *crunch* during Javert's suicide was absolutely bone-chilling and perfect


All in all, I cannot recommend this movie highly enough
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/26/12 - 9:02:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/27/12 - 10:51:14 AM bookworm0812 wrote:
I can just picture everyone in the theatre standing and singing along with "Do You Hear the People Sing?".
On Tuesday 11/27/12 - 4:03:10 PM slinky0 wrote:
And this is the part where I'd be punching everyone.

Is there a part where you wouldn't be punching everyone?
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/27/12 - 9:34:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh! And Colm was awesome!
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/27/12 - 2:44:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
When he showed up I nearly came in my pants
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/27/12 - 7:07:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/27/12 - 2:44:18 PM griffin_wf wrote:
When he showed up I nearly came in my pants


Especially at the end!!

6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 12/28/12 - 10:11:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I cried in several parts. It was beautiful. A poet dressed all in black with a red tie held my hand and kissed me. I liked Eponine's song the best. On My Own.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/29/12 - 4:30:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I tried really hard not to watch it as a singer, but that was mostly not necessary. Jackman & Hathaway were admirable.
Russell Crowe was god awful, which is a shame, but I expected it.

But the star of the singing show was Sam Barks. WOW. I love this show, but hardly ever find Eponine anything but whiny (due to the voice). She utterly destroyed my negative perception with her gorgeous tone and excellent musical choices. I can't say enough good things.

I was sorely disappointed by some of the changes and cuts. Some made sense (or wouldn't be noticed if I didn't know every word of the show lol), but others were not okay.

A Little Fall of Rain was missing a verse
So was Drink With Me
So was the Thénardier Waltz
And Beggar at the Feast
And Little People
Every Day
There was recit missing before Red & Black & the student parts were made into all chorus
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/29/12 - 4:37:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
And of course

Dog Eat Dog was absent, which is a total lack of character exposition for Thénardier.

There's more recit/small parts missing, too...and I was missing some harmonies in spots. Having Colm do part of Valjean's death elicited an audible gasp from the theater, though.


Anyway, I could nitpick all day, but I just got out of the theater and would go right back in and see it again. And imagine Philip Quast singing all of Javert's parts.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 1:16:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Saw this yesterday! It was very good, but I would still prefer the stage production. I will, however be going again with some friends. I did notice that a few words were changed in some of the songs, and they did reverse the order of Lovely Ladies and I Dreamed a Dream. They also broke Gavroche's Little People song was divided up over two scenes.
I recoiled when Javert threw himself off that bridge and then hit that concrete thing in the river. Jesus, I'm pretty sure I heard every bone in his body break!
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 1:21:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I also didn't know that was Colm Wilkinson playing the bishop. That's really cool that he was in the movie.

Oh and:
In the stage production, at the end when Valjean was dying, it's Fantine and Eponine that arrive to take him home. Not Fantine and the Bishop.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 2:46:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Did anyone else's theater start singing along with the chorus finale? I know that sounds like it could be annoying, but it was actually really awesome. Just quietly, of course, but there were lots of people crying and singing to themselves. We were among them.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 4:16:19 PM EST (GMT-5)

6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 8:21:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bird, I started singing. I had to. At the end. Omg. I want that more next time we go see it.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 8:35:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I came in here simply to say I heard a teenager say to her friends "We should go see LESS MISERAHBLESS."

6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/12 - 9:37:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 12/30/12 - 8:21:00 PM OrchidNox wrote:
Bird, I started singing. I had to. At the end.


I was self-conscious because every time I listen to the soundtrack/watch the anniversaries, I sing along, so I had to actively try not to do it at the movie. I didn't sing at the end until I heard other people do it first, 'cause I don't want to be that guy.

Not exactly plot spoilers, but:

I was super, super, SUPER disappointed with Russell Crowe. He can sing notes, but that's it. It's like he forgot how to act because it was singing instead of talking. Totally wooden. Ruined Stars, ruined the Suicide, Jackman carried him through Confrontation. And there was no DEPTH to his voice! It sounded completely unsupported throughout the whole thing. I wish he'd had a vocal coach. Or a better one, if he had one.
/rant
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/31/12 - 6:30:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I liked that part during Confrontation when Valjean and Javert are singing in counterpoint. I always liked that part. I thought Crowe was good. But that's only my opinion.

I also think they could have picked a more attractive male actor to play Marius. I didn't find him all that enticing. If I'd been Cosette, I wouldn't have given him a second glance.
6 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/31/12 - 8:08:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Marius was f-cking hot. what. i mean to each his own but i thought he was bloody gorgeous

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