They spar throughout the film, as Valjean's fate rises and falls and rises and falls and rises you get the idea. The costuming, makeup, hair and set design were impeccable. Now on to the negatives. Russel Crowe was the weakest of the lot as I just didn't find his voice to be up to the task of singing some of Javert's songs Stars immediately springs to mind. However, in the course of the movie he grew on me. Her story is heartbreaking, we see her go from a working woman with an already pitiful life to a whore in the streets with chopped hair and missing teeth.
It is rousing, beautifully mounted and wonderfully well-acted production that entertains and does the job quite well. Although critics were less receptive, the novel was an instant popular success. The camera shoots from the water to the ear popping sound of the orchestra. There are some very strong performances here. I will only irritate you much like bombastic action films torture me. What, then, went so wrong with this one? I wish the songs had been a tad better.
And it started so well, with a seething sea and a swelling chorus of strong-armed convicts heaving a giant ship into shore. Les Miserables is 100% singing s you've been warned. That is, when you are taking a novel as voluminous as Les Miserables and condensing it into a feature length movie, some things will be cut or rushed. I was sobbing a full 15 minutes after the movie ended, walking through the theatre and out to the car. Yet the cinematography of Stars is simple yet stunning, and Javert's Suicide suffers nothing in this interpretation. Chords and themes excruciatingly repetitive How possibly wouldn't they be? Hugo is fond of a tangent or several — over 50 pages on the battle of Waterloo, 20 on the Paris sewer system and several on the habits of the Paris street urchin — so be prepared to keep reading through seemingly unrelated discourses thrown between plot points. I think this point is one of the greatest benefits a movie setting has over a stage production, and this movie delivers on this front.
As a massive film fan, my tastes are very wide-ranging, but I do have a problem with musicals. In fact, by the end of the movie I had no problem with Russell Crowe playing a major role at all. In Les Miserables though thankfully not to the same extent as in The King's Speech , a few times the characters are positioned so that they are facing the other direction- the edge of the screen. The movie may have started the boring way, but as the movie goes on, it becomes more and more interesting. Russell Crowe- his acting is splendid. I can only hope that they were written by people who loved the musical and lived in hope that the film would live up to its legacy, but haven't seen it yet. Also, they had to cut or shorten some songs to fit the time frame - to those who have seen the show 30 times, it could be unsettling.
She is, of course, lovely as the adult Cosette Isabelle Allen is excellent as young Cosette , even though the part is underwritten in the film or on stage. The film's brief glimpse of heaven is like some limousine liberal's fantasy. It is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Their stories all intersect at different points in the timeline. The barricade they had made for themselves when they were alive, however, was so small and pitiful in comparison, made from furniture that the citizens of France either willingly or unwillingly gave up.
Of course, this is not entirely the fault of the script because this is all based off of an incredibly long book. There are many problems here but the one that the rest stem from is direction. She died so that Marius could live, a final act that finally made the boy take notice of her. What can be confidently reported is that this is probably the best adaptation of this musical that one could hope for outside of a concert hall. Oscar worthy performances Anne Hathaway- A certain winner for best supporting actress, she brought me to tears.
I know the stage production is 3 hours long, but I wish they hadn't sacrificed the story and proper delivery to save on run time for the movie. In fact, if it weren't for the extended words in nearly every sentence, the film would likely have been at least thirty minutes shorter. The kind act of forgiveness from a Bishop with whom Jean Valjean stays one night, changes the course in which he chooses to live… 1242 Words 5 Pages Les Miserables is a movie about people with miserable lives. Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit have done Les Miserables on stage before, and they are excellent in the film. I thought he was wonderful. Indeed, I always rate films but rarely review them, but I just had to get this off my chest.
Instead of following through on the long, sustained notes — of which there are many in Les Mis — he cut them off with a weak, nasal vibrato. It really gives a great insight into the change that Jean Valjean goes through and the bond that he forms with Cosette. Valjean spends the rest of the film working to live up to the priest's Biblical example. It is so touching and so poignant that everyone in the cinema cried like a baby. The Work Song is set to the image of a hundred convicts battling a stormy sea to pull a listing ship into dry dock—and only here does the film's live-recording ethic fall short, as the music and voices lack the power to match the imagery, seemingly washed out by the sea noise, where the live musical would normally captivate from the first note. I can't tell anything bad.
The focus should be on the music! Thanks for reading if you got through this! Marius grows up a devout royalist until the revelation that he was not abandoned causes a huge shift in his personality and he becomes a devout worshipper of both Napoleon and his dead father. From the beautiful country settings, to the grime and grit of poverty in Montreuil and Paris, there is a strong sense of realism that you can't get in stage production they did overdo it slightly in the sewer scene. Time to bust out the definitive Tenth Anniversary Concert in the meantime! I am a fan of Russell Crowe, and while he is a great fit for the look and persona of Javert, I just did not feel he fit the vocal demands of the character. For the stage productions, Marius has always been one of my least favorite characters, always lacking depth with what I perceived as just immature blind infatuation for Cosette as his only emotion. It isn't that I don't understand that. The studio was dropped, however, following the. It became one of those films which leaves you feeling physically drained from the effort of battling through it.
But she and Redmayne have great chemistry together, and that's a good thing. All in all I appreciated the sets and some of the singing as well as most of the art. But his rock-opera voice is jarringly different from the rest and he just stands out like a sore thumb. And accents were flying all over the place. The ability to take close-ups gives the film an intimacy that is unattainable on a Broadway stage, and power numbers are sometimes reduced to a chilling whisper. It was a land of opportunity for the… Waterfront is a classic, award-winning, controversial film directed by Elia Kazan. Each of them has a unique story that portrays why their lives are miserable.