Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:57 AM
Saw this last night and as much as Anne Hathaway deserves an oscar, is Sam Barks not at least nomination worthy?
I personally really liked look down, but the rest of the prologue I hated (apart from Mr Wilkinson of course), but I think that this film was cut badly. not because there were cuts, but it was so blatant where there was a cut as the music suddenly changed in an instant, seemed very odd. Having said that, overall I thought the film was phenomenal! Admittedly I hated Bring Him Home and there was one person there laughing at his awful attempt to sing it, but oh well, I still say overall a good casting choice.
Russell Crowe acted the role brilliantly, but vocally he just didn't quite have it down, I actually liked the bit of foreshadowing in stars, and in stars i think Russell's voice actually worked.
Eddie Redmayne was very good, a bit of head wobbling on his vibrato which annoyed me a little, but that is just me nitpicking.
Samantha Barks = Perfect. I will marry her.
Amanda Seyfried is actually liked, her trilly vibrato annoyed some but I personally think it sort of suited the role, and strangely when she sang 'Everyday you walk with stronger step etc.' her voice was really crisp, and I thought her voice sounded wonderful then, so if she could have done that the whole film Im not quite sure why she didnt.
Enough has been said about Anne Hathway already, other than possibly the fact it looked a tad strange when she suddenly appeared over Hugh Jackmans shoulder in the finale.
Aaron Tveit as Enjolras I thought was terrific, it was nice to hear a strong Musical Theatre voice in there as well, for me he was possibly the strongest male performance.
I felt George Blagden didn't make the most of Grantaire, although wasn't given much screen time so maybe can be let off.
Daniel Huttleston acted Gavroche very well, his voice annoyed me a little, but most the time Gavroche's voice does.
Isabelle Allen, Oscar Worthy? Well maybe not that good, but her castle on a cloud was touching you really believed her story.
The Thenardiers were very good I thought, Master of the House was well done as it was a bit of comic relief, I think it was a shame that Dog eat Dog and Beggars at the Feast were cut, as it didn't really make them out to be the evil people, just slight annoyances.
Overall excellent film, Audience applause at the end, most of the people walking out were talking about how they cried the whole way through, can't wait to see it again!
2002: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2004: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
2008: Mamma Mia
2009: Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, The Woman In Black
2012: Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Wizard Of Oz, Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour), Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Taboo (Brixton), Wicked, Wicked
2013: Lift (Soho), The Book Of Mormon, Avenue Q (Off-Broadway), Newsies (Broadway), Wicked (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway)
2013: A Chorus Line, The Book Of Mormon, The Book Of Mormon, We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Wicked (UK Tour), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Les Miserables