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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
There was recit missing before Red & Black & the student parts were made into all chorus
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.
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.
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.
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.