An Extended Look At The Musical Process Of LES MISÉRABLES!!
The Kidd here...
LES MISÉRABLES is one of the few Broadway classics I haven't managed to see on any level of stage performance (right up there with MISS SAIGON and CATS, which I swore I'd never see), so I don't have affinity for the source material. However, I am interested to see how Tom Hooper's adaptation does turn out in choosing to record all of the musical performances on set with live singing each take, as opposed to lip synching to playback on tracks recorded months in advance.
This extended look from Universal Pictures gives you a real solid look at the results of this decision, and, while musicals may not be for some of you, I'm getting the feeling that there's no way this cast won't deliver a solid film here.
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Sept. 20, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
Morpheus just can't sing "I dreamed a dream" as well as Anne Hathaway
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST
And Cats is fantastic, well worth seeing on the stage with a decent cast.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST
"Miss Saigon" was much better than "Les Miz", but neither have aged terribly well. Both have a few really decent tunes, though.
Possibility of a movie version of "The Book of Mormon" in 2014. Worth staying alive for.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
Of course wait until the picture is released, but has any film ever taken all four acting awards, if not, this might be the first. Academy loves firsts.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
Hearing Eddie voice what my whole family thought when we heard Anne/Fantine in the first trailor--I'm not sure I'll have enough tears by the time the movie is finished.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
Lena Heady's performance in Dredd is up there with the great film villains of Hannibal, Heath, Stansfield, Annie, Verbal and Anton. So will Ma'ma be added to this distinguished gallery.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
Necessary but bad pun, and I feel a little sorry for getting it out of the way...
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
I'm not remotely a musical fan (total exposure: the film adaptations of 'West Side Story' and 'Fiddler on the Roof'), but this seems to have a certain charm about it. And, yeah, it wouldn't surprise me at all if--barring some January dark horse--it does come down to this and 'Lincoln' for the big awards.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST
Seyfried and Hathaway sound awful. Thin woody voices with out of place vibratos. The whole point of the video is that the actors can sing and act at the same time - new for a movie maybe - but that's what happens every performance in the theater where the acting and the voices are both quality. Odd for Jackman to speak of the two together as such a revelation given all the theater he has done.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST
Shold be interesting to see how well this does against The Hobbit since both come out on the same day.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
You are crazy if you think Hathaway can't sing. She has a incredible classic singing voice. It is very much like Julie Andrews.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
I know nothing about this musical. I have heard about it since i was a child but have never seen it or had any interest in it till now and I have to say this is a must see for me.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST
I watch the trailer.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST
nice to see her singing in the rain, not just standing in it. I don't recall seeing anything of the Thenardiers in all that. I was just thinking the other day shouldn't we be seeing a full-on trailer for this movie soon? The only thing that kinda bugs me is the size of the barricade. Jeepers, looks like half of Paris must be missing its doors, beds, tables, and chairs.
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST
dR.007 The reason it's such a revelation is because it's hardly ever captured on film. It's because of this that I generally hate movie musicals, because there is an obvious disconnect between the sound and what's happening.
Maybe this will be different. OR MAYBE I'M JUST A CARROT!
Sept. 20, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST
It's kind of bizarre to watch it now and remember how massively popular it was, given that it's just this rather silly musical about people in cat costumes singing about being cats with not much actual plot whatsoever... but the songs and production are well done. The video version is fun and worth watching, absolutely.
Sept. 20, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST
However I will say... At the time the character Fantine sings I Dreamed a Dream, her voice should sound frail. She's a very defeated person. Overall, Les Miz is my favorite stage musical. Story is 100 times better than any Andrew Lloyd Weber piece. This will probably be the 2nd best musical of all time as it would be hard to beat the best American Score ever written, My Fair Lady. That movie and music are basically perfect and timeless, even with the lip synching. I used to say Les Miz breaks your heart, and Miss Saigon rips it out and stomps on it, but I don't know if it would still hold up. The problem is that living in a "tour" town, we don't get to see a lot of 1st rate productions as other cities get. Trust me, seeing a tour cast of Wicked over the more permanent cast that I saw in Chicago was incomparable. Therefore, last production of Miss Saigon and Cats that I saw felt more like High School productions than professional theater. Still looking forward to this though.
Sept. 20, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST
This looks suprisingly good. The actors sound better singing live than I thought they would but I'm still a bit nervous we haven't heard any of Russel Crowe singing. That is a really important role and needs a pretty powerful voice.
Sept. 20, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST
The new release date for Les Miserables is 25 Dec and it will be released against Django. I guess they were afraid of The Hobbit.
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
... that in the theatre, actors always need to project so they can reach the cheap seats. Film is much more up close and intimate - allowing actors to be more naturalistic with their performance.
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST
How's that going to work? The tempo is going to be whatever the actor and pianist did.
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST
I'd see it
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST
to explain the differences... With films, this approach isn't taken... now, that's not to say they won't clean up the recordings post production, but it is an interesting approach that is true to live theater, but foreign to film
Sept. 20, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST
by Jet Jaguar
The results were mixed, the critics panned it (I kinda liked it), and its never been released on any physical home video format. But then again, what do you expect when you cast Burt Reynolds in a singing role?
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST
I think the story, particularly the tension between Grace (Valjean) and Law (Javert), is incredibly layered and the songs are amazing. If that first trailer and extended look video is an indication of what's coming on Christmas Day, they've not only nailed it, but may have even made a film that's BETTER than the stage version.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST
I don't envy the music editors' job in putting all the pieces together. Yikes...
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST
ought to be fired. There's been almost ZERO promotion for this film, and the age-demographic target looks to be identical, based on the friends, board-buddies & even co-workers I've mentioned this to. As of 2 wks ago - ONE person other than my parents who saw the trailer w/ me for Hope Springs, even KNEW there was a Les Mis film coming out, much less who's in it!! Les Mis is going to get slaughtered - and from all appearances, doesn't deserve that fate. Looking at the schedule, the studio could have released it Dec 7 or Dec 19/21. I don't see much in mainstream release that's fighting for the same wide-spread age demographic. Nightfall's the biggest film, and either one's a Bond fan or you aren't.
Sept. 21, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST
Biggest competitor is "Django Unchained"... probably safe to say less potential shared viewers w/ that bloody-but-hopefully satisfying film than "Hobbit". I know my f&f will be seeing Hobbit at least twice, and Les Mis... none seeing Django until it hits DVD.
Sept. 21, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST
I know he can sing, but does he really have the chops for Jean Valjean?
Sept. 21, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST
one day more is one of the greatest musical endings that I ever experienced. and they cant pull that off via a movie screen. they just cant. sorry. this is from the 25th anniversary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PeWnHDyiMc
Sept. 21, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST
I could barley tolerate more than about 20mins of Mamma mia. oh dear jesus. and I like abba.
Sept. 21, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST
I've seen this show seventeen times over twenty three years, and Bring Him Home sounds pretty high, but can be done by any tenor in a falsetto. With his experience in musical theater, I feel confident Jackman has a solid falsetto in his bag of tricks.
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