Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Not So Misérables

http://lesmiserables-movie.co.uk/

I rarely go to the cinema, but I knew I had to go and see Les Misérables as soon as possible.

As BIG fans of the stage show - we've seen it twice - Mr P and I along with Mum and Dad went to see the film on Sunday before it could be spoiled by reviews and comments on Facebook/Twitter. We wanted to decide for ourselves if we loved or loathed it.

I enjoyed every minute and did not want it to end!

There are few laughs - apart from the necessary light relief provided by the Thénardiers - but it provides as much of a whirlwind of emotions on the big screen as it does when performed live. I've always found that the minimalism of the stage show gives it a special atmosphere, but the careful detail, vivid landscapes and numerous extras made the film a different but no-less worthy spectacle. 

The performances were amazing. I'm sure you've already read lots about Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed A Dream. I was particularly amazed by Russell Crowe's performance (his Rex Harrison style of singing was a valiant effort) but I wasn't entirely sure about Hugh Jackman, whose accent sounded rather Irish at the beginning - bizarre. 

...And, I just couldn't help but fall in love with Eddie Redmayne - absolutely gorgeous!

I'm sure it will become a modern classic or at least a classic musical in the same vein as The Sound of Music and West Side Story. I just hope that a cinema soon starts 'Sing-a-long-Les Misérables' as I couldn't help but want to burst into song. Apologies to the gentleman sitting next to me - the temptation to sing at some points was just far too much!

10 comments:

  1. I know nothing of the story of Les Mis I must admit but really want to see it now. I heard two of the songs on the radio the other day and was sobbing away in the car! Friend went to see it at the cinema and said the audience applauded at the end! :)

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    1. It's definitely worth seeing, Lucy. Even if you're unfamiliar with the story, you should enjoy the film. I found that some of the subtleties of the plot were a lot clearer on screen than on the stage. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it. x

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  2. I love the idea of you singing along in the cinema! I'm going to see it next week and I'm sooo excited. But yes, I may be tempted to sing and perhaps clap too!

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    1. You wouldn't love my singing if you were sat next to me! Hope you enjoyed it! x

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  3. I'm sure it's an excellent film but all those reports of cinema goers weeping for hours has put me off. It doesn't take much at all for me to be in a soggy sobbing mess!

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    1. I hear the film about the 2004 Tsunami is even worse for making you cry from start to finish. Best avoided! x

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  4. Loved the film, although I was totally emotionally exhausted by the end. And I agree - even though it is different from the live stage version, it is still 100% enjoyable. Also, really enjoyed the new song Jean Valjean (sp?) sings to Cosette when he rescues her from the Thénardiers!

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    1. Ah, the Thénardiers! I want to get an invite to a musical themed fancy dress party so I get to dress up like Madame Thénardier! x

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  5. I've heard lots of great reviews of the film, thank you for your recommendation - I'll have to go see it now!

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