I know this is supposed to be a funny review, but I just need to voice this-Les Miserables is NOT a musical. NOT. A. MUSICAL.It is an
operetta. As in 'small opera.' As in 'they will sing all the
time.'Does no one understand that!?!
I can’t help but wonder how far someone with Russell Crowe’s lack of
singing ability would have gone in an “American Idol” audition.
Crowe wouldn’t have made it past 30 seconds. Crowe’s singing has no
power and no range. I bet Hugh Jackman was glad Crowe was there so that Jackman
didn’t have to take the rap for being the worst singer in the movie. I
love “Les Mis,” but Crowe’s singing was a total distraction.
On the other hand, Anne Hathaway gave an outstanding performance and her singing
wasn’t bad either. I also thought Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of
Thénardier was refreshing. Thénardier is almost always portrayed as
comic relief, but Cohen’s portrayal was gross and despicable, which is as
Thénardier should be portrayed.
Thank you, Doug, for putting into words what was twirling around in my mind last
night when I was sitting in the theatre.The only thing I could come up
with on my own was "Make it stop!"I love musicals, but they either
needed to have stellar singing or less singing. Non-stop mediocre singing, talk
singing, whisper-shout singing ... that just didn't cut it.I admire
the film makers for taking a huge artistic risk. But risky ventures often fail,
and in my opinion Les Mis failed miserably.
I do believe this was supposed to be funny?? No?
I'll try again. As a football official, I was several times, not totally
mesmerized by Robinson coached Alta football teams. Do I condemn these teams
and players because I didn't like how Robinson coached the game? No.Les Mis had some weak links (Crowe), but if Robinson has seen the play,
he knows that there is no dialog and should have known what to expect in the
movie, since it was based on the play. All around, I thought it was a great
movie. Since the acting and the singing occured at the same time, it made the
movie better. Was Jackman's singing the same quality compared to what he
has done in the past? No, and it wasn't meant to be. He sang with an
emotion that isn't possible when lip synching to a pre-recorded track.Now if he had said those things about Phantom of the Opera, I would have
Saw the broadway rendition, albeit with the "B" cast. Watched the 25th
anniversary performance on Christmas Eve. Haven't read the book. Probably
won't see the new movie...unless my wife makes me. If so, I'll
certainly sneak in a meal...and a tissue (for my wife, of course).
While Doug's review was funny, I totally disagree. I'm not one for
culture either, (unless you are counting petri dishes)but I dearly loved this
film. Who here didn't cry at Old Yeller, for heaven's sake?
Watch the version of "Les Miserables" with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush
if you want talking and no music. As indicated in many trailers and
conversations with the makers of this movie- they wanted to bring the music to
the screen, while actors are actually singing at their own pace with their own
emotions. Look beyond your "football game" time frame, and
you will see a pearl with this gem. If you want to watch football,
go ahead. I have no qualms with it.
Oh that was good for a laugh. Glad I haven't seen the movie. I loved the
Broadway Les Mis but won't see this one. It lists too much crudity in the
reviews.Thanks for the fun, Doug. Too funny.
Won't see it. Can't see it. Could choose to see it but the root canal
and hangnail surgery won out. Thanks for saving me Doug.
I don't know who Sam Richardson is, but he's created the most succinct
film review ever and it's all over the 'net:Les Miserables
review by Sam Richardson.....Went to the movies with the wife. We saw
this obscure movie I had never heard of, some French foreign film. They must
have been giving away free tickets because the lines were out the door. Anyway,
the movie starts and Wolverine is singing his guts out. Then Catwman starts
crying and singing, and it's all very moving. The only problem was, the
girl next to me, who had apparently read the book or something, starts singing
along. It was very distracting. So Wolverine is on the run from the Gladiator
because Catwoman had a baby at Borat's house, but now she wants Wolverine
to care for her. Time skip. A bunch of kids get shot, and in the end everyone
dies, Four stars.g
Going into the theatre my expectations were low since a 1978 made-for-TV (non
musical) version of Les Mis is one of my all time favorite movies starring
Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins and Sir John Gielgud. I still like the '78
version better, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The music certainly
was below par compared to the Broadway performances, but I liked it. Though our
opinions differ, thanks for your delightfully hilarious review.
What a wonderful review. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, It became a
part of me.
This is Les Miserables, not a Football game, Cameron Macintosh made it for
singing, not a quarterback sneak. My wife and I both have seen many Broadway
versions of the Musical and Loved the Movie, yes I said Love. The singing from
the entire cast is phenomenal. Ignore those who want to nick pick at the
singing, they are the same that would say Mo Tab music is too religious. This is
my new favorite movie, which I am sure 007 is broken hearted as the 007 movies
have been my fav for decades. You must see this to believe it, I hope it sweeps
the Oscars. Hugh Jackman has been doing broadway long before Wolverine or any
other movie. He is the greatest. And for Anne Hathaway, immaculate is the word.
Russel Crowe also had quite a wonderful voice I might say.Thank You.
Doug, my sentiments exactly, and music is something I love and seek out,
anything that is good music. Les Mis has some good music (not all of it), but I
winced everytime Hugh or Russell opened their mouths, and wanted to shout out,
"Oh, just say it, for heaven's sake, don't try singing it!" No
repeat performance for me. We came home and watched the 25th anniversary
performance by some real singers on the Internet.
But did you like the book? One go my all time faves!
I wish I had read this before I went last night. Doug, you are the first I have
heard to say the King has no clothes. A lot of the singing was pretty bad.
Doug Robinson should stick to sports, and leave the arts to artists.