Re: General Movie Discussion Part II
Just saw Les Miserables, and I have to say, by about half way through I wanted to reach in to the screen, take Crowe's Rifle from him and literally shoot myself in the face with it.
Musical has never been a genre I've particularly liked, but this took it to a whole new level of dislike. The vocal performances were honestly so annoying and emotionless (bar Hathaway, who was brilliant), I'm all for a song or six, but having everything sung to me, every single line of dialogue, in an awfully monotone dreary way was horrible to endure.
There also seemed to be some real problems with the plot and character development too, i don't know how I was supposed to care about Seyfried's character when she got no time devoted to her, and yet she was supposed to be one of the main parts of the story. Baron Cohen and Bonham Carter felt so out of place with everything else, to the point I felt like I was watching a Burton movie when they were on screen, and they only served for some comedy value, which was also out of place in the overly serious tone of everything else.
Maybe it's the same in the stage show, but I would never sit through that on a stage, since the only thing that kept me interested was the nice set designs and aesthetic of everything. There were a few good moments, the war scenes towards the end with the charging of the barricade was great and very well done. It had a very epic feel to it also, but that wasn't enough to make up for the rest of it. I'd have to be forced to watch it again similar to the famous Clockwork Orange scene, but it'd have to be worse because I would find a way to escape that. They'd have to nail me to a chair and actually cut my eyelids off.