I said I wasn't going to be back until tomorrow, but I couldn't not post about Les Mis, because I saw it last night and have to talk about it.
While most girls were listening to N'Sync, I was listening to the Original Broadway Cast Les Miserables Soundtrack. I've had every single word memorized since I was about 12 years old. I've seen the stage version more times than I can count, and I even saw it twice in one week. I bring tissues to the theatre so I can wipe away tears during Bring Him Home and A Little Fall of Rain. I wear (one of my Les Mis) shirts to bed almost every single night. I could go on, but I've probably already freaked you out. Needless to say, I love my Les Miserables, and have extremely high expectations of this show.
I didn't like the movie. There. I said it.
Here are some of my thoughts.
- I feel like they should have brought in the baddest of the fiercest Broadway stars. People who have seen or will see Les Mis are going to see it regardless of who's in it. Did anyone go see this movie because Russell Crowe was Javert? Didn't think so.
- Hugh Jackman was surprisingly very good as Jean Valjean. The song, Bring Him Home, typically gets either a standing ovation or a 5 minute-long applause in a theatre. His version wasn't that amazing, but overall he did a great job.
- I don't need to say anything about Russell Crowe. You'll have to endure that performance yourself.
- Anne Hathaway. Oh....Anne. I have honestly never liked a performance from you. Princess Diaries, maybe. I cringed every time you sang as Fantine. I'm so sad about this. And even if your character is dying, I expect you to hit your notes. No exceptions.
- I feel like some things just don't need to be shown. We, as the audience, aren't as dumb as you think. Leave it to Hollywood to take an off-stage scene from a show and put it right there in our faces.
- GOOD THING!! I don't know where they found the guy who played Marius, but I'm glad they did. His jaw might have been quivering something fierce, but he was the cutest thing I've seen on screen in a long time.
- Same thing goes for the cutie who played Enjolras, who, in my opinion, had the best voice in the movie.
- Amanda Seyfriend. No. Oh, no. Bless your heart.
So here's the thing. I am always going to love the beautiful story of love and forgiveness that Les Miserables brings. But, when I walk away from this show, I want to be blown away from hearing the very best voices sing the most beautiful music that has ever been created. The movie version didn't deliver this because they chose to bring in big names over big voices.
Maybe my expectations were too high? I'm not sure.
Have you seen it? What did you think?