Doug Robinson: 'Les Miserables' a couple of singers short of a musical

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  • ThoughtfulTeen Salem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    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!?!

  • Kazbert VAIL, AZ
    Jan. 4, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Jay Root Austin, TX
    Jan. 4, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Duke Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    I do believe this was supposed to be funny?? No?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    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 agreed.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    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).

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    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?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Jan. 2, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    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.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    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

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Undefeated Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    What a wonderful review. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, It became a part of me.

  • Rudedog Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    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.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Tulip West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    But did you like the book? One go my all time faves!

  • Reporterson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    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.

  • terrywbis WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 12:12 a.m.

    Doug Robinson should stick to sports, and leave the arts to artists.