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Why the hate on Russel Crowe ? His performance was solid and outstanding. If you want to see the perfect singers performing a musical go in a Broadway show. From all the actors singing the most memorable for me was Russel Crowe. I already knew Hugh Jackman was a good singer so i was anticipating Crowe's performance and was not dissaponited. He sang with emotion and left his touch in the movie.
Fantine. I have a harder time taking your 'review' seriously when you can't be bothered to spell the character's name correctly. Russell Crowe was not the typical Javert that fans of the stage production are accustomed to. Crowe's "Rock Opera" voice didn't mesh with what I had anticipated and unfortunately, it left me longing for more grandeur in some of my favorite numbers in the score (namely 'Stars'). However, that being said, it was a unique take on the role--A Javert completely cut off from his emotions. The audience is keyed in to the his struggles, but you have to watch for it. My favorite performance from Crowe or of Javert? Absolutely not. Did it ruin the movie? Absolutely not. Enter the theatre with an open mind and do not expect the stage production. On stage you're moved by the grandeur of the belting musical numbers. On screen expect to be moved by the intimacy of the performance.
I've seen Les Mis just yesterday, and, I have to say, even though I wasn't expecting that much from a movie version, it was actually amazing. I loved every actor in their respective parts but Crowe. I like him very much as an actor, but he doesn't have the voice to play Javert.
I was very disappointed when, in the suicide scene, he couldn't reach the last high note. That is my favourite Javert song, and he totally ruined it for me. I am now left with a sense of void, and I think I will go and listen to my favourite Javert from the 25th Anniversary to make up for it. So, yeah, he totally ruined the movie experience for me.
A pleasant surprise was Jackman: I knew the man could sing, but I really didn't think he would live up to my expectations. The apotheosis of his singing was reached with "Bring him home", obviously, but I have to admit I liked him way more in "One Day More", my all-favourite song from Les Mis!
Cosette - well, let's forget for a moment I hate her character, but Amanda Seyfred wasn't actually that bad. Sure, she struggles a little with the highest notes, but I kinda liked her.
As for Eponine, I liked Barks' performance better in the 25th Anniversary. And she was waaay to skinny, and that distracted me a lot.
Nothing to say about Marius and Enjolras - they were both awesome (even though no one can beat Michael Ball as Marius in my heart).
Side note: Sacha Baron Cohen as "the Master of the House" Thenardier was the best choice ever! I didn't know about his casting (I try to avoid certain news before I watch the movie, so I can be surprised), but he was great! Helena Bonham Carter was okay - nothing special, but I wasn't pleased nor disappointed by her, so that's good.
I agree 100% with this article, I was cringing in the theater... nothing was okay about his acting or singing.
I loved this movie and will definitely go to see it again soon. I found that Crowe had a beautiful voice. It is true that is not much in the way of dynamics, but such caution is plausible for the character he plays. Sometimes I found Jackman's vibrato off-putting. I thought that Bonham Carter and Baron Cohen were more raucous than they really needed to be. In any case, none of this ruined the movie for me.
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