Les Misérables (the movie)

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    Dec 28, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    ....is effing awesome. One caution: some songs might get stuck in your head. XD
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    Dec 28, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    Um no it wasnt...sorry. It was good but not great. The acting was amazing. And Anne Hathaway was amazing. But they added songs and took away from songs, which ruined it for me. (I worked as Stage Manager for Les Mis) so during the movie I was like WTF theres more to the song...
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    Dec 28, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    I can see why you'd dislike it after seeing the real deal. How long is the actual Broadway performance excluding breaks?
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    Dec 28, 2012 9:05 AM GMT
    Except as a musical - Russell Crowe can't sing, and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway did not get to sing well, because of the direction.
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    Dec 28, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    I thought it was awesome also. The acting was superb and I enjoyed the music and the 'old fashion' musical story. I didn't see the stage production so can't compare what was changed but in it's cinematic form, I thought it was well done, very moving and 'effing awesome' too.
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    RadRTT saidBut they added songs and took away from songs, which ruined it for me.

    I never understood the point of movie musicals if you take away songs. Add them, yes ("Grease") is a great example of that but for godsake DON'T remove them, especially if they're integral to the plot advancement ("Rent" is a good example of that travesty).

    I don't need to see the movie to figure out that Hugh Jackman is dreadfully miscast. I mean, who'd want to throw a cutie like that in prison?
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Where was this yesterday... Now I know be have a handful of salt. Still going to see the actual play come March or May, or whatever. Thx guys. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    I noticed all my friends who were into theater hated the movie and those not into theater loved it. Not being a theater geek I thought it was really good.
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    Wonder when they'll ruin Wicked in a movie adaption? icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    This musical has such high expectations for those who have seen it, I was not certain how the movie would hold up to them, but honestly...I thought the movie did a fine job of telling the story and rousing those emotional moments of loss, new love, rebellion, and redemption...

    I became emotional several times watching the performances. I also thought Russell Crowe should really take some singing lessons...this part was an obvious stretch for him...his acting was fine, but his singing was robotic...

    ...I thought Hooper did the right thing by focusing on the "close up" as you rarely get to see the faces of the actors on stage...I can't imagine how difficult it was to sing and cry at the same time for these actors...

    "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" was simply amazing...

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    Dec 28, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    RadRTT saidUm no it wasnt...sorry. It was good but not great. The acting was amazing. And Anne Hathaway was amazing. But they added songs and took away from songs, which ruined it for me. (I worked as Stage Manager for Les Mis) so during the movie I was like WTF theres more to the song...

    I didn't particularly like the play but I agree with you when it comes to movies, they shouldn't screw with the music. Evita was another example of that though one of the things that pissed me off about the Madona self-love-fest was when she stole another character's ballad for herself (because it was very pretty) even though it made no sense whatsoever in the plot line.
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    I feel alseep for 15 minutes while watching this clip...
  • Alki

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    Dec 28, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    Not a waste of money, but probably would not see it again. Wish I could have seen the stage performance.
  • FireDoor211

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    Dec 28, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    I am so fucking excited for this!
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    Dec 28, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    Yeah Russel Crow cant sing...hee was way to nasal
    But the guy who played Marius, I thought, SUCKED! His voice was too high pitched...

    Also the play, I cant remember, how long it is...but it is very long


    One thing I was pissed at, is how they BUTCHARD!!!! Drink with me
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    Dec 28, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidIt's the only musical ever named for its audience.
    +1
    I don't care for musicals...I just worked for this play to get some extra money in high school!
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    Dec 28, 2012 5:27 PM GMT

    Musicals are not my genre so I can take it or leave it.....but my BF (who eats this stuff up) saw it and loved it. He said about half the people got up and left in the first 15 min because they had no idea what it was before the bought their tickets LOL icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 6:00 PM GMT

    Every stage performance that I've seen (including an incredible high school performance) has had an astounding level of energy and sense of coming alive before my eyes that was just missing in the movie. And the stage shows all had much better singing as well. The wonderful comedic performances of the inkeeper and his wife were missing too. In the movie, they basically just come across as drunken slobs. I'm not especially zealous about live theatre, but anyone who thinks the movie was good should see a live performance--I guarantee you'll be blown away by the difference.
  • drypin

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    Dec 28, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    I was moved by it. I was a musical theater performer myself and I loved the stage version, but it's been a good 15 years since I last saw it.

    I wasn't expecting to see the stage version; it never would have worked. Songs in the theater are lengthened and shortened depending on what has to happen backstage to prepare for the next scene, how soon we have to get to the next peak, etc. I wanted a story and an experience that conveyed the emotion of the stage play and I felt like I got it... except perhaps with Russell Crowe's solo numbers. I personally thought Hathaway, Redmayne and Cohen were tremendous. Jackman plumbed depths of emotion I haven't seen from him before and the actor who sings the first line of Drink With Me has a beautiful voice... I too would have liked to hear more!
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    Dec 28, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    besides Russel Crowe, one of the best movies ever! heard every variation of the album, and seen the stage show about 4 times and this was pretty close to true to the original!
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    Dec 28, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    Worst movie I have not seen.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 28, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Saw it Christmas

    I liked it ... of course Anne Hathaway was great
    without a doubt supporting actress worthy as well as Hugh .... isn't there anything he can't do.... Jackman
    But he probably won't win the Academy award because of Daniel Day Lewis

    It was overly long
    But if you are a true Broadway fan don't miss it

    Oh and next time Tobey Hooper you wanna caste Russell Crowe in something ? Make sure that there is no singing involved icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    Hooper is going to do Miss Saigon next
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    Dec 28, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I'd rather stare at the wall.

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    Dec 28, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    aidenMaximus saidI can see why you'd dislike it after seeing the real deal. How long is the actual Broadway performance excluding breaks?


    3.5 hours. I've seen it 3 times and I wouldn't see it again for free. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful musical but it was just too long for me.