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Mrsjellybum Tue 13-Feb-18 21:13:16

Les Mis (2012) directed by Tom hooper is THE best musical of all time.

Thoughts,? feelings? Comments?

fearfultrill Tue 13-Feb-18 21:16:08

Ooooh no. I wish they had focused on singing talent rather than getting big actors.

Russel Crowe's singing confused though I did enjoy it.

Best of all time would have to be Chicago grin

Mrsjellybum Tue 13-Feb-18 21:17:03

Admit some of the singers isn't broadway standard but I love the way it was filmed and the acting singing

Sarsparella Tue 13-Feb-18 21:19:05

It’s one of the few films I’ve ever turned off on a flight, it bored me rigid

TellsEveryoneRealFacts Tue 13-Feb-18 21:20:32

That was a dreadful film...I wanted to leave midway through the first cat being strangled session but my OH wouldn't let me.

He now wishes he hadn't. Terrible waste of a good night in.

Oswin Tue 13-Feb-18 21:25:11

Yanbu I love it I only discovered it a few years ago. My order of preference would be les missing then Chicago then little shop of horrors. Can't wait till dd age 8 is old enough to see it live she loves musicals.

Mrsjellybum Wed 14-Feb-18 06:24:11

@Oswin glad it's not just me.
I love it and love the unique way they filmed it compared to other musicals 😬

Pittcuecothecookbook Wed 14-Feb-18 06:26:02

I love it... Anne Hathaway singing I Dreamed A Dream is mesmerising

Mrsjellybum Wed 14-Feb-18 07:01:37

Eddie redmayne singing empty chairs has me blinding every time

Mrsjellybum Wed 14-Feb-18 07:01:56


DrRisotto Wed 14-Feb-18 07:09:58

Aww i'm afraid I can't agree. I ADORE Les Mis in the theatre. I cry the whole way through. But the film was so disappointing. Like a pp said, why did they have to focus on big names who weren't really singers? I'm including Anne Hathaway in that as she wrecked I dreamed a dream for me.

Les Mis in the theatre is the best musical of all time. But on film, Chicago did a better job for me (although again, Renee Zelwegger let the side down on the singing score).

Caspiana Wed 14-Feb-18 07:20:05

I agree Anne Hathaway massacred I Dreamed a Dream. Overacted and she doesn’t have the voice for such a big song.

Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne were fab though!

Jamboree05 Wed 14-Feb-18 07:29:03

I love Eddie Redmayne but couldn't get past his shaking head every time he sang a long note with vibrato....

The film was, in its own right, ok but I certainly wouldn't call it the best showing of this musical by a long shot!

Also, Russell Crowe was horrific in it...

Lottapianos Wed 14-Feb-18 07:32:34

I enjoyed the film overall but agree that some of the singing was shocking. Russell Crowe absolutely murdering Stars (my favourite Les Miserables song) was a low point. Thought Hugh Jackman's singing was pretty ropey too. His 'Bring Him Home's was NOT GOOD

ObiJuanKenobi Wed 14-Feb-18 07:39:54

Samantha barks and Eddie whatshisface made the whole film! Oooo and the little boy!

shakeyourcaboose Wed 14-Feb-18 07:44:05

Love this film! Posted similar thread a while back after much sobbing while on the red wine, was v v upset at Gavroche's final scene!

LittleCandle Wed 14-Feb-18 08:55:37

I love the stage show, but the film was dire! Hugh Jackman was nowhere near his best singing in this and as for Russell Crowe!!! It was absolutely bloody dire!

hellocleveland Wed 14-Feb-18 09:44:23

I love the stage musical of les Mis and have seen it over 20 times and the film was ok, I've only ever watched once though. The best film musical for me will always be West Side Story.

sportyfool Wed 14-Feb-18 11:57:11

Am I the only one who hates Hugh 's singing voice ? He is soooo nasal! The stage show with people singers is s million times better ! ...... habits big said that I think it's filmed very well and they sung live so it's grittier than the show .

mollied Wed 14-Feb-18 17:11:03

Its not quite the show but I think it does the show justice. Nothing will beat it in the theatre though will it?!

AccidentallyRunToWindsor Wed 14-Feb-18 17:22:45

The guy that played Marius in the West End (Alistair Brammer) was bumped down to a lesser character in the film to make way for Eddie Redmayne- fun les mis fact for you all there.

What about Moulin Rouge?

DrRisotto Wed 14-Feb-18 17:34:16

I admit that I have a youtube playlist of the 1995, 10th anniversar concert, but this just walks all over the film IMO.

Ruthie Henshall singing I Dreamed a Dream gives me chills

Empty Chairs and Empty Tables

I was going to post more but you've lost me to rewatching them all on youtube now grin

sportyfool Wed 14-Feb-18 18:15:47

Michael ball has the most beautiful voice !😍😍

AccidentallyRunToWindsor Wed 14-Feb-18 18:25:41

Also, I defy anyone to not watch 'you will not touch him' from the 2016 Miss Saigon cast recording and not sob. How such a young actress gets so much emotion in her voice when protecting her son chokes me every time.

Caspiana Wed 14-Feb-18 19:05:46


Another Ruthie Henshall fan here - I think it’s possibly why I’m so annoyed Anne Hathaway got the Oscar for conveying a fraction of the emotion without a tenth of the subtlety!

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