Saturday, April 20, 2013

Les Miserables

I saw Les Mis.
Disclaimers: I have not read the book. I have not seen the play. I think I might have seen a film version before – maybe the ’98 one? but I’m not positive. So what I’m saying is that I don’t have the whole damn thing memorized back to front like some people I know. I can only judge the film based on its own merits.
It has rather a lot of merits. The acting was phenomenal, especially Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Russell Crowe was excellent as well. The singing was mostly very good. The parts I didn’t care for were parts where several people were singing at once (which is something I’ve always had a problem hearing) or where I didn’t understand the rhyme scheme.
The cinematography and staging were excellent. In fact, the only complaint I have about the whole film, other than issues with hearing words, as noted above, is that nearly all of the close-ups happen on the right side of the screen, and we were left of center.
The film is fairly religious, and it is, of course, a musical. If you can deal with those two things, go watch it. Sit to the right of center. Enjoy.
1. Les Miserables
2. The Avengers
3. The Hobbit
4. Wreck it Ralph
5. The Amazing Spiderman
6. Brave
7. The Cabin in the Woods
8. Looper
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
10. The Secret World of Arrietty
11. Argo
12. Skyfall
13. Cloud Atlas
14. The Dark Knight Rises
15. Men in Black 3
16. The Man With the Iron Fists
17. Prometheus
18. Hunger Games
19. The Lorax
20. Snow White and the Huntsman
21. Total Recall
22. Bourne Legacy
23. Mirror, Mirror
24. Dark Shadows
25. John Carter

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