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overall, I really liked the les mis movie, but when I watch les mis on the stage, valjean and javert are my two favorite characters. when I watch them as played by hugh jackman and russell crowe, I really couldn’t care less about them
My favorite thing about the Les Misérables movie is that it introduced me to so many great performers: Killian Donnelly, Fra Fee, Aaron Tveit, George Blagden, Samantha Barks, Alistair Brammer, etc. etc.
I feel like I may be one of the only people who really didn’t like Hugh Jackman as Valjean. Don’t get me wrong, his acting was brilliant and I have nothing against him personally, but the vocals let him down for me. I understand that he’s more of an actor than a singer, but I just can’t help feeling a little disappointed.
I honestly can’t understand why it is unnaceptable to feel Anne Hathaway was just completely wrong when playing Fantine. ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ was terrible in that place and all of the crying and self piting was sickening, and out of character. Yet Anne Hathaway is still meant to have been the ‘star’ of the film.
As much as I love what the filmmakers did to the Epilogue with the Bishop welcoming Valjean to Heaven, I kind of wish they had kept it true to the stage version by including Eponine. Fantine and Eponine literally died for the ones they loved (Cosette and Marius, respectively) and their association with Valjean’s death enhances his transformation to “the man who only learned to love” when he saved Cosette. Either way, it’s a gorgeous scene, but I do prefer the scene with Fantine and Eponine.
The reason I prefer movie Les Mis to stage Les Mis is the emotion. While I understand that stage shows have their own style, and I respect that style completely, I have never felt like I was experiencing all the emotions until I saw the movie. It’s such an emotional story too, and I applaud Tom Hooper and all the cast for being able to convey all those emotions so well.