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Old 15-01-2013, 18:58
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What's the chances we'll get a director's cut DVD? It's done brilliantly at the box office (in the US and UK) and has topped the album charts here too (well sort of...it's both #1 on amazon and iTunes since the day of it's release, Friday).

Surely this indicates the huge interest and success?
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Old 15-01-2013, 19:51
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Old 15-01-2013, 20:04
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Why are people calling this a musical as it sure doesn’t come under my definition of one, more opera as there is no spoken dialog wasn’t happy!
Quite a few musicals have no dialogue. Sorry you didn't enjoy it but it's definitely not opera. I only tried that once (Madam Butterfly) and I won't be going again any time soon
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Old 15-01-2013, 20:19
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I wonder who will get post 24601 in this thread
Hope they don't get hounded (unjustly) off the forum.

Quite a few musicals have no dialogue. Sorry you didn't enjoy it but it's definitely not opera. I only tried that once (Madam Butterfly) and I won't be going again any time soon
Les Mis (the movie) does a have a bit of spoken dialog. Not much though,
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Old 15-01-2013, 20:24
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Quite a few musicals have no dialogue. Sorry you didn't enjoy it but it's definitely not opera. I only tried that once (Madam Butterfly) and I won't be going again any time soon
But you may like Miss Saigon: A sung-through non-opera of the same book that Madam Butterfly was based on by the same people who did Les Miserables!

Small world ain't it?
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Old 15-01-2013, 20:26
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I wonder who will get post 24601 in this thread
Hey! I told you not to give out my phone number!
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Old 15-01-2013, 22:58
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But you may like Miss Saigon: A sung-through non-opera of the same book that Madam Butterfly was based on by the same people who did Les Miserables!

Small world ain't it?
I loved Miss Saigon and thought I would like Madam Butterfly but it was so colourless stage wise. A very basic set and what is again a really sad story. Of course not being able to understand the language doesn't help, I have seen the ballet though and did enjoy that.
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Old 15-01-2013, 23:05
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Hey! I told you not to give out my phone number!
lol how do you get from prisoner number to phone number?
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:16
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I loved this film so much I think Anne should win all the awards this season! But i'm so annoyed with this pretentious review, one minute they like it the next they don't it's ridiculous

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rt5Y6yjg_g#
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:29
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Sorry, double post...got a bit carried away with my review
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:37
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Les Mis virgin here, I knew absolutely nothing about the film when I went to see it last night. The only songs I knew were IDAD and OMO. I actually don't know what to say that can convey just how much I enjoyed it? I was a mess when I came out, have never cried so much because of a film

Hugh Jackman was just epic. Amazing. I went in not really liking him as an actor...now he's one of my favourites Anne was spectacular, as usual, was in floods of tears basically the whole time she was on screen! Samantha Barks was amazing, OMO sent shivers down my spine. Russell Crowe was actually really good! I enjoyed his performance, and yes he clearly wasn't the best singer but going by the horrific reviews he was receiving I was expecting a LOT worse. I'm a big fan of Eddie Redmayne - seen nearly all his movies - and he didn't disappoint! Also loved the main rebel (sorry, don't know his name ) and Sacha+Helena. The only one I didn't really like was Cosette, but then maybe I didn't have enough time to get to like her? I also found her high notes a bit...ugh.

Favourite songs of the film - I Dreamed a Dream, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, One Day More and On My Own. But its ECaET that I haven't stopped listening to since I came out! Don't think I've ever been so affected by a song. Eddie's voice, and the pure emotion he pours into that song, its just spine tingling!

Going to see it again with my friends on Friday, can't wait!
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:39
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I loved this film so much I think Anne should win all the awards this season! But i'm so annoyed with this pretentious review, one minute they like it the next they don't it's ridiculous
I remember the mocking reviews the musical received when it was first performed. The critics tried to kill it at its birth. Look how well that's worked out for them.
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:47
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Sorry, double post...got a bit carried away with my review
Lol...I noticed.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. We're going to see it again on Saturday. Did you get the standing ovation from your fellow cinema goers at the end of the movie?
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Old 16-01-2013, 13:18
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Also loved the main rebel (sorry, don't know his name )
I assume you mean Enjolras played by Aaron Tveit. If so, I concur. I love him too
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Old 16-01-2013, 13:23
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Lol...I noticed.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. We're going to see it again on Saturday. Did you get the standing ovation from your fellow cinema goers at the end of the movie?
Unfortunately not, have never experienced that If it doesn't happen on Friday, I'll definitely start it off

I assume you mean Enjolras played by Aaron Tveit. If so, I concur. I love him too
Yeh, thats him! He was quite beautiful...
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Old 16-01-2013, 14:31
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I'm off to see Le Mis for the second time next Monday (lunch time). Have paid the extra to see it on the Imax (lite) screen this time

All that water at the start of the movie seemed to stimulate my aged bladder last week - so I'm spending 10 minutes in the bog before taking my seat. I was bursting for a pee right through the film last Monday (the joys of being an old fart)
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:03
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It's looking good for the Les Mis soundtrack, it's at no.1 in the midweek charts. Will probably be no.1 on Sunday!! Which makes it the first soundtrack in over 15 years to get to no.1.

Anne Hathaway is at no.21, she could maybe make the top 15/10 come Sunday and Samantha Barks is at no.38 ?? I think...
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:04
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Sacha Baron Cohen was useless. They should have gone for Alun Armstrong even though he doesn't have the star name in the US like Sacha.
Alun Armstrong was magnificent, Sacha is just different

Russel Crowe is out of his depth it would seem, and hes aware of it.
Russel Crowe was good, a good Javert but he's singing is very distinctive. He can sing but I do understand what some mean.
The problem with Crowe is that we have heard far too many better Javerts and comparisons are unavoidable.

The scene where
Spoiler
was touching and I think despite his quest to bring Vajean to justice, he's not a bad person.
Not a bad person. Just a bit obsessed with people who steal bread

Anyway, it's a great film and I really enjoyed it.
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:49
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Just watched the start of the errrr ummmm.... made for TV version, cough... and when turned up, the sound is better and clearer than in my local cinema! I was hearing lines that I couldn't make out at the cinema.

It's Les Mis fest at my house tomorrow when I can crank the sound up!
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:58
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I enjoyed Russell, it worked in the film genre. But can you imagine Philip Quast? He can act as well as sing THE definitive Javert.
Not that Russell put me off. The more I hear the soundtrack etc, the more I'm not comparing it to the stage or Anniversary performances.

Although an afternoon listening to Nick Jonas and even Homer Simpson would sound great as Marius.

I'd never seen Eddie Redmayne before , but I loved him as I did Enjolras

Off again for a crying fest tomorrow!
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Old 16-01-2013, 19:00
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Les Mis virgin here, I knew absolutely nothing about the film when I went to see it last night. The only songs I knew were IDAD and OMO. I actually don't know what to say that can convey just how much I enjoyed it? I was a mess when I came out, have never cried so much because of a film

Hugh Jackman was just epic. Amazing. I went in not really liking him as an actor...now he's one of my favourites Anne was spectacular, as usual, was in floods of tears basically the whole time she was on screen! Samantha Barks was amazing, OMO sent shivers down my spine. Russell Crowe was actually really good! I enjoyed his performance, and yes he clearly wasn't the best singer but going by the horrific reviews he was receiving I was expecting a LOT worse. I'm a big fan of Eddie Redmayne - seen nearly all his movies - and he didn't disappoint! Also loved the main rebel (sorry, don't know his name ) and Sacha+Helena. The only one I didn't really like was Cosette, but then maybe I didn't have enough time to get to like her? I also found her high notes a bit...ugh.

Favourite songs of the film - I Dreamed a Dream, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, One Day More and On My Own. But its ECaET that I haven't stopped listening to since I came out! Don't think I've ever been so affected by a song. Eddie's voice, and the pure emotion he pours into that song, its just spine tingling!

Going to see it again with my friends on Friday, can't wait!
I agree with everything you say! Went yesterday and have never cried so much when all the boys were killed, so much more shocking and personal than the stage version. I was half hoping they would change that part because I so didn't want them to die. I have seen the stage show four times and love it but a film lets you really SEE the emotions on all the character's faces and empathise with them. It also helped me to understand the nuances of the story and the songs linked in better.
Couldn't sleep last night with all the songs going round in my head, especially At The End Of The Day (plus I had a headache from all that crying ) . It was also great playing 'spot the musical theatre actor". Loved it that Colm Wilkinson played the priest.
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Old 16-01-2013, 19:03
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Just watched the start of the errrr ummmm.... made for TV version, cough... and when turned up, the sound is better and clearer than in my local cinema! I was hearing lines that I couldn't make out at the cinema.

It's Les Mis fest at my house tomorrow when I can crank the sound up!
Amazing what effects having a film nominated for awards can produce, isn't it? *cough*
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Old 16-01-2013, 19:21
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Sorry folks. It is such a horrible title that it puts me, and I suspect many others, right off it. Now I hear it is mostly sung, that is the death knell. Why couldn't they do it properly and just have a better title? And of course dump that X factor song.

I realise this is probably stupid, and I have probably missed some good things, but that is just how it is, for me anyway.
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Old 16-01-2013, 20:20
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Sorry folks. It is such a horrible title that it puts me, and I suspect many others, right off it. Now I hear it is mostly sung, that is the death knell. Why couldn't they do it properly and just have a better title? And of course dump that X factor song.

I realise this is probably stupid, and I have probably missed some good things, but that is just how it is, for me anyway.
Um, you do realise that "X Factor Song"....actually Britains' Got Talent. was composed in the 80's and is an essential part of the 27 year old musical.It'd had been a huge hit for 20 odd years before SuBo went viral and brought it to a whole new generation. Yup surprise, it's a multi award winning MUSICAL. So, guess what, there's music, lots of it! As for the title, guess you'd better go back a couple of hundred years and blame the author.

I have no problem with people hating musicals, or indeed any type of film, but sometimes it's better to say noting at all than prove you have absolutely no inkling of what you're on about. I howled with laughter at the idiocy of it.

I'd stick to cartoons if I were you. But you do get "post of the thread" for me. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief.
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Old 16-01-2013, 20:23
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Sorry folks. It is such a horrible title that it puts me, and I suspect many others, right off it. Now I hear it is mostly sung, that is the death knell. Why couldn't they do it properly and just have a better title? And of course dump that X factor song.

I realise this is probably stupid, and I have probably missed some good things, but that is just how it is, for me anyway.
Same view here, before I saw it....But it is a great film, and the awards it has got already, is richly deserved.

More to come methinks.
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