I actually liked it a lot. The fact that the lines are very clear makes it easier to understand than the plays in my opinion. I think they did a really good job with it. However, the director did go overboard with the face shots. He worked way too hard to show that the singing wasn't dubbed, and the lack of shots at a cinematic angle made the show suffer. The music, acting, and set were amazing, and the pacing was a bit fast, but it's a long play condensed into a movie without an intermission, so it's understandable. You can't really compare it to a live version of the show because of this. If you take a step back and view it for what it is, it's an absolutely amazing show.
However, if I had a choice to see this in the movie theatre once again, or staged again, I'd probably choose the staged version.
Post by ArisFlackerbee on Jan 11, 2013 11:46:24 GMT -5
Everything was brilliant except the pacing...which in my opinion, ruins the entire movie. Again I state, I would love to have someone who hasn't seen the movie come review it. I would be really surprised if they kept up every moment.
I hate to compare this to Phantom, but Phantom did a much better job with pacing and keeping the movie at a steady pace that the audience can keep up. That too, was a 3 hour play condensed into a shorter, beautiful film. Les Mis had a wonderful chance to do the same and completely bombed in my opinion. It felt like I was fastforwarding to each song...missing important vital character and story development through the camera just to get to each song and get through the movie.
And that was probably the worst version of the Thenardiers I've ever seen in my life. And I love SBC and HBC.
Well, I havent' been a fan of more recent movies as a whole, and from what I see the only things that do well in theaters right now are action movies: (The various super heroes, expendables, etc). Naturally, those have a fast pace. Maybe I just don't follow the movie industry enough to hear of other movies, but I think it would be quite easy for a director from another country to be mislead by the fast-paced movies of nowadays America.
Post by ArisFlackerbee on Jan 11, 2013 11:59:40 GMT -5
You should see Silver Linings Playbook. It's being nominated for best picture in both the Golden Globes and Oscars this year, and deservedly so. I think your issue with fast paced movies is definitely the ones you've mentioned...action movies. Those movies are supposed to be fast paced. But even in those movies, I rarely find myself trying to keep up. Les Mis was the worst movie as far as pacing that I have probably ever seen. I will see if I can think of one worse. I'm not thinking of any off the top of my head though.
Andy- I'm not saying that fast paced action movies are the problem, I'm saying that they make it seem like movies have to be fast paced to succeed.
Also I heard Silver Linings Playbook was really good, however, as you said it came out this year, which would be deep into the production of Les Mis, and obviously couldn't have any effect on how it was done.
I am quite ready to accept that my view on movies isn't accurate though.
Post by ArisFlackerbee on Jan 11, 2013 12:16:58 GMT -5
I understand. But that's what I'm saying. Movies that are not fast paced are still very successful...I'm saying I don't think you're finding them out there amidst the action movies that seem to be showing up in abundance lately, with the comic book heroes and such.
I guess I'm confused as to the connection you're trying to prove doesn't exist between Les Mis and Silver Linings...lol. I wasn't comparing them except for the fact that every movie out there isn't fast paced.
Hell, even Django Unchained wasn't fast paced. Tarantino knows how to make a good movie.