Today, I finally got to see Les Misérables. OH MY GOD!!! I absolutely loved it. It was so amazing. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never heard the full score before. Sure, I had heard some of the more famous songs, but most were a mystery. Last week, I watched the 1998 non-musical version, just to be familiar with the plot line. Although this plot had a few variations from the other version, it was AMAZING. Yes, I assumed I would like it, as I love almost every musical ever made, but it literally blew my mind. I bought the soundtrack as soon as I got home and I have been listening to it on repeat non-stop.
I have to say that when Russel Crowe first opened his mouth, I was a little disappointed. It seemed as if it took more than a lot of effort for him to get his notes out. Very forced. He didn’t look or sound natural. However, the more and more I hear the soundtrack, the more I like his voice. He has really grown on me. After all, he’s not as bad as Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia, who sounds horrible no matter how many times you see that movie.
As for Hugh Jackman, he did a wonderful job. However, I did find myself wincing a couple times when he started to sing. Only at some points in the movie though. It was weird. I was listening to the wonderful serenading of the other actors and then he would chime in and ruin my fantasy. Ha. Overall, the role he played was difficult and he really did a wonderful job.
Anne Hathaway = WOW!! I totally did not expect that performance from her. She stole the movie, hands down, even though she was only in a quarter of it. She received an Oscar nomination for her role and I really hope she gets it. She deserves all the praise she can get. I mean, she let them cut her hair, FOR REAL, ON CAMERA! Holy shit.
I loved the wide range of emotions shown in all the characters. They didn’t care if snot was running down their face or if the camera wasn’t “catching their best angle.” They just performed their hearts out. This had a lot to do with the director too and it really made the experience real for me. I also learned that all the singing in the movie was done live while filming. There is no dubbing voice overs or anything. How amazing is that?! It makes me appreciate the performances even more. As I love live theatre, it makes this movie a little more real.
In the last 5 minutes of the movie, they made me absolutely BAWL. Then I was supposed to go out into the world with a tear stricken and blotchy face. There was no recovery before the end of it. It was sad and then ended. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong though, I LOVE when movies evoke such emotion. That’s the mark of good movie making 😀
Oh, two more words: Aaron Tveit!! YUM!
If you like musicals and amazing movies, GO see this movie!!
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