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Absolutely disagree! From someone with experience in the industry (stage and film and tv), I was in awe of Russel's performance and his voice was absolutely captivating. The depth and strength, as well as the technique he used resulted in a beautiful baritone sound. A Hollywood Gossip site with no experience or knowledge on the industry or singing, should not be judging or criticising!
Yes, you can tell the critic has no musical experience. I agree with your review. The portrayal of Javier was different, but interesting and powerful.
I absolutely agree. Javert is such a strong character with such powerful songs and russel Crowe just looted through them. I kept thinking "this jerk is such a pansy!" Plus! You can HEAR the auto tune applied to his performance. I could just slap whoever decided he would be a good idea. Go for QUALITY, not a famous face. Ugh
First of all, if you wanted a movie of the stage production, rent the DVD. This is BASED on the stage production and novel. Second, Jackman has Broadway musical experience. Anyone complaining about his singing has a tin ear. Crowe, while not having a typical musical voice, has done a stage musical and has sung for many years. The difficult thing with him singing is that the brain takes a while to accept the actor we know as a singer. He does an adequate job and does not ruin the production.
Again, this was never meant to mirror the great stage production. It never could. Just like Phantom could never mirror the stage version. Also, I think that there are preconceived notions and biases against Crowe - and they show in some of the reviews. I also think that there is some snobbery in that Wolverine is singing in this musical.
Additionally, I have read reviews criticizing the movie for lack of dialogue. This is not your grandparents musical of the 50s or 60s. Get over it already.
I think Russell did an excellent job in Les Mis. He has a lovely ON KEY baritone voice and was a breath of fresh air in a sea of tenors. I found his performance to be extremely emotive.
It’s interesting that you didn’t like Crowe’s performance in this movie. I have seen an overwhelming amount of positive reviews about his performance, and how he humanized Javert. A bunch of my DISH coworkers invited me to go see this movie tomorrow, but I think I’m going to wait on this one. I put it in my Blockbuster @Home queue that I have through my DISH account, so it will be mailed to me when it’s released on DVD. I love that I get unlimited in-store exchanges at the Blockbuster store, so I can just drop the movie off when I’m done with it.
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