|Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):|
The new movie, Les Mis, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Ann Hathaway, opened on Christmas Day in the US and in the UK on January 11th (I can't understand why that was the case, as it is a British made movie)
It's still a Universal Studios picture. If it were only released early for Oscar consideration, it would have been released only in New York and Los Angeles, but it went nationwide Dec 25. But that's beside the case..
I enjoyed it. Knew ZERO about the play, just that it had to do with the French revolution, but I love musicals and plays and theatrics and all that and much more lol.
I thought it was stunning. Very beautiful. I actually was moved when the trailers were released several months ago and looked forward to it. You absolutely cannot wait for this to come on DVD. It deserves to be seen in a proper theatre with a big screen. Even the opening with the ship is powerful and awe inspiring. Anne Hathaway was a revelation, and her number in the film showed well her pain and abandonment. I have no opinion on the stage version, broadway or west end, on previous singers. Hugh was wonderful too, and I had heard mixed reviews on his "let him live" (?) song, some were saying he was not powerful enough, some said he overpowered the song. I dunno. I thought it was quite moving and one of the best in the film. My opinion. And I really did not mind Russell Crowe, I'm no operaphile so I was not concerned he be a great singer, psuedo singing for his role was fine by me. lol.
At first, when I left the film I did not particularly like Sasha B Cohen and Bonham Carters parts in the film. I thought it odd comic relief, but then again it WAS comic relief and was quite welcome. Initially I had thought "my god, I continually see Helena in these types of roles, and I am expecting Johnny Depp to pop into the film any moment". Oddly enough, there was a trailer playing for a Johnny Depp film (with HBC co starring) , some western, Lone Ranger or Tonto or something, and there they were together, minus Tim Burton. I also thought SBC and HBC scenes reminded me too much of Sweeney Todd, the scene where they're preparing the food, completely reminded me of the Meat Pies from Sweeney Todd. But in hindsight,they probably added a nice distractioin from the drama of the film.
[My pedantic comment], so basically pay no mind: Since it was primarily a British background cast, I found it a bit odd when that young kid spoke/sang in a very strong cockney'ish accent, can't remember his name, the martyr, the one where Javert places a medal after he [SPOILER] ...................... is killed. I wondered how a cockney got into the French revolution. And it very well may not have been a cockney accent . It's just one name I pulled out . To you, he probably had no accent lol. It was almost as if the thought was "let's show this kid to be the lowest of social classes, so we'll give him the strongest english working class accent there is to portray a french kid who is the lowest of classes". Again, remembrances of "OLIVER" came to mind . "Please sir, can I have more pudding?". I think an attenpt at some accent would have been appreciated. But I am a francophile so that is probably just what I viewed. Probably the same for the above Helena and Sasha scenes (and probably why it reminded me so of Sweeney Todd as HBC played the role in that). Maybe they could have got Marion Cotillards son to play the part? I remembered a similar incident with that film "the Boy in the striped Pajamas/Pyjames". They werer playing Germans but all had English accents even the little Jewish concentration camp kid. I guess I don't see too many British film set in foreign countries playing foreign characters. A nit picky comment or two, but it stuck with me. And yes I do see many English films. Mike Leigh is one of my favorite directors. [/My pedantic comment]
Overall, I am pleased that it has been a successful film. Even here in Honolulu it was on several screens and was packing them in. Imagine that. A singing film. Very teary eyes throughout the film (including mine). I actually loved reading several of the reviews from average ordinary movie goers who were ' a mess' after watching the movie, or 'inconsolable" or "who started to cry at the very opening of the film and had to be escorted out the theatre at the end" lol.
But love stories do that to people I guess.