Top 3 Tuesday: Les Miserables
After winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with her performance as Fantine, I was excited to see Anne Hathaway in this movie. Uhhh...I don't want to spoil the story or anything but it felt like she's barely in Les Miserables. I guess she has a prominent role if you only watch the first 30 minutes. Sure, she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" and she cries a lot but most of the story takes place without her. It's clearly Anne Hathaway's world and we're all just living in it.
2. Russell Crowe isn't so bad.
If you're nervous (like I was) about watching Les Miserables because you've heard people compare Russell Crowe's singing to nails on a chalkboard, FEAR NOT! If you have already seen the movie and you're one of the ones saying Russell Crowe is just horrendous, settle down. He is certainly one of the weaker singers in the ensemble but he manages to hold his own. Give Marcus Aurelius a break. He hits the notes (for the most part), it's easy to understand him, and his voice is consistent throughout the entire film. To me, Crowe is much better than Sasha Baron Cohen, who seems to have a different accent for each one of his songs.
3. Lots and lots of singing.
WARNING for those who haven't seen it: they sing almost EVERY. SINGLE. LINE. I'm a fan of musicals so all the singing doesn't bother me, but I can understand why some people would get tired of it in a hurry. It's a strain to get through some of the scenes when dialogue would clearly be easy and more natural than singing. You sit there and ask yourself, "Did he really just sing that?" Still, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, it's a musical! The big names like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried all hold their own with their vocal ability. Yet, the truly great vocal performances come from the unknown stars like Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, and Samantha Barks.
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