Making James Ellsworth GET MY BAGS
Join Date: Jan 2011
Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Flawed but engaging modernisation of the celebrated play. I thought Jackman was utterly convincing in the mannerisms he used to portray his character at the different stages of his life and the tight lipped emotionally restrained sing songs with Crowe were utterly compelling. Even though neither men are great singers, this felt like perfect casting because you could hear the story and hurt in their voice and it felt genuine.
This brings me to the film's downfall. The younger actors might have been superior singers with higher notes and everything but when they sang it still felt like High School Musical, there was no compassion, no pausing between the notes, no sense of any real loss. I stopped listening to the words when they bellowed out their numbers and this in turn distracted me from the story being told.
Then there was Anne Hathaway whose supporting performance is worth the ticket price alone. When she dies inside and says goodbye to her dreams and worth and any sense of a reasonable life she thought she might be able to hold onto through her tear stained musical number I got goosebumps.
Overall, an enchanting if at times frustrating experience.