Russell Crowe, Les Miserables
Adam Lambert should shut his gaping trap!!!
Adam who?!? I'm so pissed I actually bought this losers first album, plus a few misc singles. Maybe he should focus on his own personal lack of vocal ability as per his last (crap) CD! :-(
I own over one-hundred musicals in my personal classic movie collection, including MGM and Disney. My wife and I just finished viewing 'My Fair Lady' (winner of 8 Oscars including best picture) and I found that in this1964 classic, not the very best singers in it, except for Audrey Hepburn. All in all Rex Harrison and the other ladies and gentlmen which sang in it carried the tunes adding their personallity, timing and grace to their part.
When I heard Les Miserables was being released (in 2012) in our day and age as a musical, I said to myself someone beat me to the punch. I'm an aspiring screenwriter and I did ponder the thought of a musical.
Good man Tom Hooper !!! You are very brave ! -- May there be new writers to come.
This is not the Nashville cast where actors really can sing; but it was a wonderfully done movie. Adam is right, Crowe should stick to acting and kissing Obama's ass.
Who wants to see a musical anyway. Won't ever watch it even though i like the actors.
Lambert should've narrowed down his criticism to only Crow's singing, because if Lambert is talking about the whole cast in general, I have to highly disagree. For example, Anne's performance of "I Dream A Dream" pratically brought me to tears. It was beautifully done. Lambert should be more specific with his criticism.
There was no way to get a perfect vocal recording when doing it live. Adam Lambert is an idiot for not realizing that before opening his mouth. Just like Mr. Lambert sounds better on his recordings from a studio than he does live in concert, the singing from Les Mis is going to be similar. However, it is a passionate and moving musical with outstanding performances by all. When Russell Crowe is your weakest link then you've managed to put together one hell of a cast. Les Mis is a stunning movie no matter how you look at it. The cast and the movie deserve all the rewards and credit they are receiving. I hope to see big things from Samantha Barks, she is a lovely and talented woman.
Everyone in the performance COULD sing AND act. The only person I thought was a poor casting choice was Russell Crow. His voice wasn't bad, but he didn't seem comfortable with his singing. In a regular movie, I think he and Hugh Jackman would be equal to each other and would be a lot of fun to watch. In Les Mis, Crow's performance was overshadowed by Jackman's. I saw the movie yesterday, and I'll see it again by the end of the week.
I would have preferred better singing, but all in all, if you're a fan of musicals, I think you'll still enjoy what's on screen. My only wish is that they would have edited the overall length. I'm not sure why every movie nowadays feels the need to be over 2 hours, and often close to 3 hours, or over in running time. There are a lot of good films that could be edited down and be even better. The only 90 minute movies you see nowadays are animated films.
I agree with you that movies noways are longer than they need to be. But in my opinion, an exception can be made to Les Mis because the live broadway show is about the same length (not including the intermission). So it seems like Tom Hopper wanted to stay as accurate as possible to the play by not leaving anything out. Shortening it might affect the overall story and experience of the movie. I hope this clears things up for you.
“The industry will say ‘These actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live.’ But why not cast actors who could actually sound good?”
Because we don't need another, "From Justin to Kelly". And it's "sound *well*". Idiot.
Anyway, Ann was spotless, Russell was *just* inside his vocal range, and Hugh didn't transition perfectly from stage to screen, vocally. Other than that, they were singing actors, not acting singers, which would have made it a farce.
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