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I am very late but since I don't have much time...I just, finally, watched Les Misérables...on my computer. I used to listen the songs from the original version (French, musical theater), it rocked me at the time when I was a child, and it was based on Victor Hugo's masterpiece (which I read the book) after all, so I was a bit excited by the movie.
Huh well. Very mixed feelings. I didn't expect that nearly the WHOLE movie would be rythmed by songs, I know, musical movie but still. The songs were still great, and a few actors did a very good job (Anne Hathaway...), even though I was a bit upset that they skipped one of the most famous song (by Gravoche, the child), well the little dude has been shot when he was about to sing it in the movie lol. So I have to admit that if he would have continued it would have been misplaced given the specific context in the movie.
But aside that, the movie kinda missed the essence of the story itself. And the camera's plans/zooming during most of the songs were overall bad in my opinion, it removed the real impact of the songs, it lacked...emphasis ? I would say that the songs made up for this nearly constant weak point, and turning nearly each dialog into song ? Too much for a movie. Better fit to a musical theater as it has originally been. Well all things considered, I don't think that the director's work was all that great, aside a few scenes which brought a few tears, like the one with Fantine (Anne Hathaway) or the final when Jean Valjean died (with Fantine as a spirit) and when he joined those who died during the riot. (it didn't happen during THE French Revolution of 1789, but later, in 1832)
The physical transformation of Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean) was great.
On a sidenote I noticed that the English lyrics are really different from the French. Well it's kinda expected if we want to respect the rythms. Well for those who don't know the original version I invite you to listen the French version of "hear the people sing" (titled as "A la santé du peuple") at least.
Last edited by Gats; April 16, 2013 at 05:14 PM.
I saw Life of Pi the other day. It was really astonishingly beautiful and a really well-made film. I didn't read the book, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I thought it was a nice, straightforward film with good symbolism. However, I couldn't help but feel like something was missing with the end. It sort of felt hollow to me, as if I wasn't sure what the point of it all was...I don't know,
New Man of Steel trailer came up last night:
This shows a few more scenes and is more lengthy.
I might go see I love a good friendship film.
Last edited by Xerous; April 17, 2013 at 04:50 AM.
I also read the book and it's nastier and grittier, fouler and uh... miserable, but with the work so abridged to fit 2 hours of film time and break into song every so often, you could say they did a good job.
I think I would have been fine with all of that if I were in the musical theater, and in this case there wouldn't have an odd camera angle (too near).
Here's a link for Spike Lee's upcoming adaptation of the manga "Oldboy". Can't wait to see this one.
Last edited by Xerous; April 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM.
R.I.P.D.-Reminds me of the MIB series I never read the graphic novel so I have zero expectations.
Reminds you of MIB? It's a complete ripoff
I like Jeff Bridges, but lol
Last edited by xi0; April 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM.
re: Life of Pi- visuals.
I haven't read the book, but my sister had, and she told me that indeed the book had stunning graphic accounts of what Pi was seeing at the time, and that it was awesome to see it on screen as colorful and magical as the book had described.