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Les Miserables

By franniex9
Written December 28, 2012
The filming was well done, spectacular scenery. I have seen the stage version of Les Miserables 8 times. And I have read the book. The acting was good, and I enjoyed the film overall. However, the singing left a lot to be desired. Especially it grated my ears when Hugh Jackman sang "Bring HIm Home". where he could barely reach the top notes. And Russell Crowe did not have the deep bass/baritone presentation for Javert. If you have seen the videos of the 10th or 25th anniversaries of this stage musical, you can see why both Jean Valjean and Javert were really miscast in the movie version. This is basically an opera sung in English, and outstanding singers should have been chosen to do these magnificent roles. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I would give this movie version about a 6.
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From a BIG fan of the musical...

By aidthebuttercups
Written December 26, 2012
This film was unapologetic about being a musical. I hate when Hollywood takes Broadway shows and cheapens the musical numbers by adding stupid montages, or making the singing/performing campy or out or sync with the rest of the film. That being said, when they stayed on Hugh Jackman for the majority of "Who Am I," I thought it was stellar. When the camera did not waver from Anne Hathaway's face in "I Dreamed a Dream," I felt all the feels. However, I feel they overused (ever so slightly) this device for the remainder of the movie, would like to see more sets! Highlights for me we Enjolras (best character ever, and this actor did him serious justice), the finale sequence, and Russell Crowe! I was so pleasantly surprised by his performance. In response to people who are saying he can't sing; maybe not the strongest voice in the cast, but on a scale of 1 to Peirce Brosnan in Mamma Mia, I though he was great!! Don't go see if you're not a fan of musicals or this show.
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It's Awful to the Ears

By kimcallinan
Written December 28, 2012
When it comes down to it, Les Miserable is a musical. 90 percent of the lines in the movie are sung. Unfortunatel most of the stars did not have voices that were strong enough to sing the roles they were cast in. While I would agree that the acting was phenomenal and that the film adaptation was strong, in the end, I couldn't enjoy the movie because I feared all the high and low notes and didn't find most of the singing in between to be very palatable. The idea of having the actors sing in their raw form might have been a good one had strong singers been cast; however, strong singers were NOT cast. Most could sing in their middle register only and even then their tone was nothing to rave about. The woman who played Eponine had a nice voice and the guy who played Marius was OK. The young Cozette and the young boy were both very good. The rest of the star's singing bordered between mediocre and awful. So, if you care about singing at all, skip the movie and go see the show on broadway.
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Les Miz

By vano1944
Written December 31, 2012
Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals. Unfortunately, the film version did fulfill my expectations. It is a sad moment when a 10 year old sings better and more naturally than the lead character. Both Jackman and Crowe simply did not have the voice or skill to carry parts that require passionate, intense singing. They seemed as fixed as statutes when they needed to be animated. Anne Hathaway performed and sang well -- relief from the other performances and Eddie Redmayne was terrific.
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Les Miserables (2012) How can you not love this film?

By pippop
Written December 26, 2012
I have seen the Broadway Show 4 times. I have seen the road show in Philly 3 times. Every version is different and every one in its own right is beautiful and moving and wonderful entertainment. The film version is also unique and wonderful. It is new and vital and stunning in it's production values. Ann Hathaway steals the show. Loved it!
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