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#1 Tranquille

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

Just got home from watching this movie with my daughter. Just wonderful, I wish I took tissues. I thoroughly enjoyed both Hugh Jack man's and Russell Crowe's performances.

#2 kboomba

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

I loved it too, but I'm a Les Mis fan from way back! DH and I saw the first session this morning.

#3 Jessie_T

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I saw it this morning with my parent and two sisters. I was really good original.gif

#4 saxa

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

There were some really bad reviews coming from overseas so I'm glad to hear you all liked it!

The son of a guy I worked for just missed out on a part but Cameron Mcintosh was so impressed with his audition he is heading over to London in January to take up a part in Les Mis the stage show.

#5 amaza

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

Amazing. I just got home from seeing it. Anne Hathaway was just so good, she brought me to tears.

I wasn't completely over the moon with Russel Crowe but he was fine.

Hugh Jackman was brilliant brilliant brilliant.

I'm a Les Mis fan from way back too so I might be a bit biased. It's by far my favourite musical.

#6 RoxieHart

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

I hated it.  It seemed to go on forever.........just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another song, there was another song.  I normally love this genre but it was just too long.

Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway were brilliant but Russell Crowe - how he got that part I have no idea.  AWFUL!!!!!

#7 Foo-Foo-the-Snoo

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:29 AM

I was worried that I might get bored with three hours of it too after going with DH, a big Les Mis fan... I loved it! I thought it was beautiful, and Hugh Jackman was amazing! I also wish I'd taken tissues! original.gif

#8 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

I am going to Gold Class on Monday with my sister- we can't wait!

#9 B.feral3

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:42 AM

Honestly, I really liked it but I walked away feeling a disappointed at the same time. It didn't quite meet my expectations. They were quite possibly too high though because I've been waiting for this movie all my life!! My father is raving about it (another musicals tragic as am I) but I wouldn't rave about it.

#10 choccy2

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:54 AM

Les Mis was fantastic - loved it !

Hugh Jackman is an acting genius as far as I'm concerned - he is incredible in this and well deserves the praise he has been getting.

Russell Crowe was good but I don't think he quite captured his character as well as Hugh did - but he has a better voice than I had anticipated.

I remember seeing the stage production when it was done here years ago and wasn't in love with the idea of it being done as a movie at first - but it was great !

After the finale the movie audience at the session I was at  ( on boxing day) erupted in applause - which was a good indicator others enjoyed it as much as I did !!

Edited by choccy2, 29 December 2012 - 07:56 AM.

#11 elmo_mum

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

roxie - assuming you arent a les mis fan??

i saw it in gold class last week and loved it!!
thought that it was done really well!!!

rusty was surprisingly quiet good! and the cinematogography was awesome!!!

and hugh..... omg - what can i say???

#12 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:24 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:40 PM.

#13 Chocolate Addict

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

Good question Tigerfilly. I am going with work in a few weeks - gold class. I am not a huge fan of musicals but don't mind them in stage productions.

It will drive me nuts if it is all sung. And 3 hours?? really? god, I wish I could drink at our event! Tounge1.gif

#14 #YKG

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

i saw it with my BF on boxing day. I loved it, him not so much but he's not into musicals.

PP it was all singing there was a couple words spoken but they were generally the first few words of a song so about less then 10 words spoken.

I will get it when it comes to DVD

#15 jayskette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

it's all sung, actual spoken dialogue would be say 10 lines.
It's neither a musical or musical theatre or opera or a cellouid version of Broadway. I just treated it as a drama which the character just happen to sing their stories.

#16 Chocolate Addict

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

Damn. I am not looking forward to it at all now. sad.gif

#17 Lyra

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 29/12/2012, 05:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Damn. I am not looking forward to it at all now. sad.gif

maybe you should have a few drinks before you go wink.gif

#18 MandaMama

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

DH and I saw it on Thursday evening. Magnificent. We both loved it. Neither of us were keen on Russell Crowe as Javert though as we felt his voice was wrong for the part - we were both thinking of 30-odd Foot of Grunt (!) each time he sang. We voted Marius best male voice; Epponine best female voice. Yes, Hugh Jackman was perfect and lived up to all expectations. He is just so talented!

Oh, and I bought a BIG glass of wine (deliberately went to a cinema with a bar!) and took in a mega box of Maltesers to get us through the 3 hours!  biggrin.gif

#19 Foo-Foo-the-Snoo

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Even though it's all songs, you don't really notice it that much after a while as they are singing their lines/stories rather than performing "show tunes" if that makes sense...

I saw it with my BF on boxing day. I loved it, him not so much but he's not into musicals.

There was a guy in our cinema in this same position, he fell asleep and loudly snored!!

Edited by Foo-Foo-the-Snoo, 29 December 2012 - 05:37 PM.

#20 Meelamay

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I didn't know the story before seeing it - so a newbie to Les Mis.

3 hours was too long, I can't believe someone lauded the cinematography - the shaky camera work made me feel ill at times... and yes it was sung the whole way through - much of the time I was struggling to understand the 'dialogue' with how it was sung.  I left disappointed and a bit bored to be honest.

However... all PP are right - its worth seeing just for Hugh Jackmans performance, and it is a wonderful story.  I just think it lost something in the translation to film and think I'd prefer seeing it on stage.

#21 kezball

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

I saw it today, was brilliant apart from a few small things:

Russell Crowe - Looked and acted the part but his singing voice just isn't strong enough for the role he played. His solo song is meant to be powerful and it just wasn't.

What was it with the English accents? They are in France (supposedly)!! Gavroche (the little boy) spoke with a cockney accent!! I couldn't understand that! Apart from the accent he was very good though.

I missed Little Cosette's song because I had a call of nature during the loooonnnng film....needed an intermission!

#22 ~shannon~

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:21 PM

How I wish I lived anywhere near a cinema right now!!!

I've been a Les Mis fan since 1991 when I first saw the stage show, and then I was lucky to be part of the chorus when amateur companies were given the rights to perform it around the country. I also saw the show again in London, and I find it hard to stop myself from singing along!

A Little Fall of Rain (Eponine's death scene) is the one song that makes me cry every time I hear it. cry1.gif

Hope I can get to a cinema during the holidays and not have to wait for the DVD or iTunes version.... my TV just isn't big enough for such a grand film. I'm also wondering if Russell Crowe can do a decent version of Stars. Praying he doesn't kill it.

#23 SophieBear

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

I watched it this afternoon in Gold Class (Chrissy present).

Hugh Jackman was amazing!!! Anne Hathaway too.

Agree with PP that Russell Crowes voice was not suited for Les Mis.

Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were fantastic! But Amanda Seyfreid (sp?) as Cosette was disappointing. I find her bland and just a pretty face with three expressions. IYKWIM (which is unlikely because I don't really Tounge1.gif)

#24 kuhla

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:26 PM

I didn't like it much at all.  Being pregnant probably didn't help but sitting there for 3 hours was near impossible.  I wanted them to just stop singing and talk.  

That being said, the acting was fantastic.  The story was great too.

#25 PreachersWife

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:10 AM

I saw it yesterday at gold class and thought it was magnificent! Really enjoyed Russell too, which was surprising. I agree he doesn't have the voice but I thought he made up for it with his acting. If your looking for a good Javert check out Phillip Quast in the twentieth anniversary stage production, with Colm wilkinson and Michael Ball it's the best of the best, cast-wise.

Im a big fan of the musical, seen it multiple times here, in the West End and on Broadway and it's one of my favorites. But the story is simple and overly romantic, and you need to just go with that! I loved the new song, added an element that was missing from the show previously.

Eponine and Marius were great, but I thought he boy who played Gavrosh was awesome, what a career he has ahead!

It seems to be polarizing audiences though, from the reviews I've read. You either love it or hate it! I'm in the love camp.

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