i was so excited to see this movie that i couldn't wait until opening day.
so on christmas eve when we discovered a 10pm showing, off i went with my sistren!
i've seen the musical 4 times on stage, grew up watching the 10th anniversary edition on VHS and probably can't quantify the number of hours i've spent playing/singing the songs on my parents' piano...so you might say i have a slight emotional attachment.
and to everyone who has complained that it has "too much singing"...
seriously, be gone from me.
my overall opinion? i loved it.
i knew going into this one that it would be different than the stage version, less broadway singing and more raw acting, which is exactly what it was. so while some of the singing could have been better, overall it was good for what i expected. i loved seeing the characters up close and the scenery was gorgeous, which are both advantages over the stage version.
let's do this character by character...
he nails the raw emotion and acting. definitely could have done with more falsetto on "bring him home," because those final notes should not be belted in such a manner. i think he captures the desperation of the character quite perfectly, and really hits the bitterness-to-gentle-soul switch.
i feel like i want to give this guy a pat on the back because i know no one else will, but....yeah, could've used a whole lot more out of this character.
same as valjean, nails the raw emotion and acting. i actually liked this character very much versus the usual operatic version -- it made her suffering seem more real. "i dreamed a dream" was nothing short of fantastic.
my best answer is probably "mehhh" but i always feel kind of "mehhh" about cosette so i wouldn't blame that on amanda seyfried necessarily. she nails the whole doe-eyed love-struck thing though, which makes sense because she seems to play the same character in all movies.
thenardier & wife
sacha baron cohen & helena bonham carter
given the actors (and the fact that i will perpetually picture carter as a harry potter villainess), i think i expected something nastier out of them. definitely quieter than the typical raucous stage version, but still, i think they did an acceptable job.
be. still. my. heart. you know, it could be hormones talking (or my undying love of freckles) (which would still be hormones i guess) but i really think he nailed the vocals. actually, "empty chairs at empty tables" was maybe my favorite in the show. if only we could get him to stop shaking so much when vibrato kicks in.
same as marius, this guy rocked the vocals. one of my favorites in the cast and, yeah, homeboy can sing. i loved the chance to see this character up close, since i've never quite connected with him in the stage version.
admittedly, i expected more out of this one because i know she's been in the stage version. seems like she held back from belting it all out, but since that's the overall style of the movie maybe she was instructed to do it that way...? still, i liked her.
...and let's not forget that colm wilkinson, the original valjean actor, showed up as the bishop in this film. love that little treat!
aaaand that's a wrap!
aaaand that's a wrap!
have you seen it?
have you seen the stage version? thoughts?
RED the color of the raspberries in my oatmeal!
BLACK the color of the banana because i dropped it yesterday and bruised it!