Summary: Well, there's two hours of my life I'll never get back...Good god, they never stopped singing. It was maddening. Honestly, not everything needs to by sung, dialogue can get a point across just the same and it's usually a lot less irritating. That being said, some of the songs were pretty damn catchy so...I don't know. I still wouldn't watch it again.
Excerpt: I'll keep this brief: I bought this flick because my Wife-to-be wanted to add it to our (melding) video collection. (She paid for it, so I won't complain too much.) I'm also adding OTHER musicals and family-friendly titles to appease the bringer of death -- err, my Love and Life.... Oops. I got carried away there. "Les Miserables" is a good way to fall asleep -- but also a good way to "get in the mood" -- if y' know what I'm sayin'....
Summary: I like musicals. But not this one. It is bad. The singing is off key, the story is slow, the acting is ok but overly dramatic, and Anne Hathaway is unbearable. I would skip this musical if you can. I don't quite see the popularity with this one. Skip it.
Excerpt: From the opening, there is a clear stylistic choice that differentiates this from the stage musical. By getting the actors to sing live on set, Hooper focuses on bringing to the fore the raw emotion and performances of his actors, with close shots and characters putting as much effort into their reactions to the lyrics and plot as their singing.
Excerpt: The 2012 adaptation of was among my most anticipated movies in 2012. I eagerly watched every featurette on Youtube. It looked pretty promising. An Oscar winning director, a talented cast and an acclaimed musical. How could they possibly go wrong? To start out, the direction is incredibly bland. Only in the opening shot with the French Flag shown submerged in water; symbolizing the coming revolution do we get anything visually stimulating or creative.
"Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of anger men?"
29 July 2013
Excerpt: Continuing my Oscar reviews, I know that ‘Lincoln’ was one of the best movies of 2012 and now I’m on reviewing one of my most anticipated Oscar-nominated films from 2012, ‘Les Miserables’. While Lincoln’ was probably a better movie overall, ‘Les Misérables’ is certainly one of my favorites from last year and here is why! This certainly isn't the straight-forward adaption of Victor Hugo's famed literary classic that we saw in 1998.
Excerpt: I really didn't like this film much at all, honestly. The film is much too Broadway and not enough like a movie musical. I hated Tom Hooper's direction, and while I respect the ambition, I would have preferred to see the musical version of this story told in a much different way. There is NO dialogue in film, almost none at all; every conversation and thought was sung, as it would have been on stage...that it the major reason why Les Miserables didn't work for me.