Friday, December 28, 2012

les mis: a review/schpiel- no spoilers intended

Hey there internet, for the first time EVER, the whole IR team is present! *hooray!!*.
It's time for some spchiel. We have recently returned from seeing the new tear-jerker, Les Miserables. And yes, we cried (the blonde cried more times than she'd care to tell-six times to be exact).
The movie was brilliantly produced, as well as touching the heart, this movie also provides a sense of what emotions were triggered for the people of the French Revolution, unlike other war-based blockbusters or fight-scene centered spy movies of today.
Les Mis follows the stories of convicts, women in factories, the poor French living on the streets, the rich military society, the revolutionaries, those caught up in love, and most importantly- Jean Valjean, a man caught up in all listed groups.
There is only one problem... Hugh Jackman. Throughout the film, as touching as it was, we simply could not enjoy our tears in sad moments involving Hugh Jackson, in which there were many. We could not take this wolverine seriously. In scenes including the beautiful Amanda Seyfried (who by the way, has an amazing soprano voice), and her mother Anne Hathaway - who as always did an amazing emotional performance, especially in her representation of 'I Dreamed a Dream'- the man resembled a pedofile. Sorry, but it's true. Even the people sitting behind us seemed to agree, taken by their muffled laughter alongside ours (which we honestly tried to contain!).
As he was singing his ballad of death, he made awkward noises and stroked Eddie Redmayne's gorgeous face. No joke. And when he was confessing his former life as a convict to Redmayne's character, he seemed to speak of Cosette (Seyfried) as if she was his lover, which she was not! She was in fact adopted daughter! In scenes where is shirt was exposed to his navel, he stroked Seyfried's face (something he seemed to do often), and sang of his admiration and love for her (as a daughter that is, although it sure didn't sound like it).
Enough on Hugh Jackman.
The singing was all live, and everyone in it was wonderful, we especially thought that Russel Crowe (portraying Javert) had a supreme singing voice.

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