All kidding aside, wow, even just the trailer is powerful. Think I'm going to need to bring a whole box of Kleenex to the theater for this one!
Last edited by DevilAlumna; 09-22-2012 at 11:53 PM.
Link from Huffington Post article
You hear most of the voices, and Crowe obviously worked on this. The only one that sounds thin compared to the London and N.America performances I have seen is Seyfried.
I'll be honest, I had watery eyes at the end of this. This is the musical that, even as a music ed major in college, really broke it open for me. Paid 10 pounds for balcony seats at the Palace theatre in London, and I was RIVETED. I'd never seen anything like it. Still haven't, really.
Article says great reviews from screening. Did some digging, soundtrack on 24th of Dec., release on Christmas.
Also snuck Colm Wilkinson onto the set in a supporting role. It must have been difficult for him to listen to Crowe crowing the Valjean role. Maybe there was a bit of voiceover.
The casting of Borat as Thenardier could be brilliant, Helen Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier certainly will be.
The only other good Eponine was Lea Salonga - Barks will do VERY well as Eponine imho. Crowe is Javert, not Valjean - and he can do the role, the almost psychotic devotion to the rule of law. I think they all understand that it's more than just a movie, similar to the Rent Cast. The only benefit was that the Rent cast was, by and large, the original cast. In this case, the cast was mostly too old to reprise any roles that they may have had in previous years, i.e. Colm Wilkinson.
Speaking of the 25th Anniversary, I never realized that the original Thenardier was Prothero from V for Vendetta.
The Thenardiers will be perfection. Seyfried is the only one that worries me, honestly.
Still can't wait! :-)
According to the producers, there is NO voiceover. Each person actually sang his/her song live while filming was done. It allows for more interpretation than lip-synching to a pre-recorded version.
And on a silly side note, you should enjoy watching "One Grain More":
"Now I spend my days confused.... wondering how you milk an oat!"
(You may wish to freeze the invitation at the ~0:02 mark to read it. "...at the humble abode of Jean Valjean")
If you look at the Les Mis original cast, a ton of them have popped in and out of mainstream pop culture the last 25 years:
- Roger Allam (original UK Javert) was actually Prothero in V for Vendetta. He's a recognizable face in several British movies and TV shows and played Illyrio in Game of Thrones. Will be interesting to see if he reprises that role when Illyrio returns down the line.
- Patti LuPone (UK Fantine) - a ton of stuff. You'd know her face.
- Frances Rufelle (UK Eponine - who I always preferred as Eponine, even over Salonga) -- her daughter is current recording artist Eliza Doolittle
- Alun Armstrong (UK Thernadier) was one of the guys that betrayed William Wallace in Braveheart. He also has a familiar face and has been in several other well known movies.
Until now!"(A lot of people have asked if we are lip-syncing in the film; the answer is yes and no. Yes in the sense that in a musical film, you must always pre-record vocals ahead of time in order to preserve the quality of the soundtrack. No in the sense that the film contains our real voices, and during filming we were still singing at the top of our voices. Just ask our neighbors!)"
Having watched a few of the trailors, it definitely looks like it could be really good though. I'm excited.
Last edited by CDu; 11-28-2012 at 09:54 AM.
Methinks perhaps you are confusing the comments by the makers of the spoof "One Grain More" with those of the makers of the upcoming film "Les Miserables."
Excerpt: "Every single person is singing every take live."
As for the spoof, I met the neighbors were likely considering a call to the infamous folks in the white coats...
Hence, what the guy wrote - "in a musical film, you must always pre-record vocals ahead of time " - has been true up until now, because this version is doing it differently.
Samantha was amazing in the 25th anniversary edition. She's perfect.
I was watching the Look Down clip, and although I'm sure Crowe had a lot of training, he just feels...forced. As a musician, I credit him for his effort, and maybe it'll look better in context. But either way, I'm excited for his intensity. That clip had him NAILING Javert's nuances perfectly.
Still excited. I'll check the other clips tomorrow, I'm being sent to bed so I can do homework tomorrow. Stupid certification classes
To be fair most of the other early blurbs I've seen have been rapturous about Hathaway.
All in all, I. Can't. Wait. :-D