Hi, my name is Priscilla Shay and I’m a Les Mis Newbie.
Here’s the backstory: Way back in the early days of December 2012, I saw an awesome trailer and was like I WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE! It was releasing on Christmas Day, and I figured since I don’t celebrate I could just go to the movies. (Naturally, unforeseen events occurred and this was not achieved.) But, at the end of the commercial the title card popped up: “LES MISERABLES” and I felt kind of guilty for knowing how famous this production was, yet not knowing anything about it.
Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
I was a complete noob.
A song I LOVE and sing all the time was from this play and I didn’t even know it. (Although, that may be attributed to my complete lack of musical knowledge and/or talent.)
Anyway, I finally saw it yesterday and (o.o) Internet, why didn’t you tell me it was so GOOD?! Little known fact about me, I like musicals. But, wow. As a movie it was amazing, imagine what it would be like LIVE?
Storyline from IMDB.com: Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.
A lot of romance novels were dedicated to Hugh Jackman last year and for Christmas they get a SINGING Jackman as main character Jean Valjean.
I’m not a huge Anne Hathaway fan, but she has an amazing voice. Her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream is one of the best I’ve heard. I liked Susan Boyle’s for the crystal clear, uplifting quality. Hathaway’s cover adds a depth of emotion that you don’t need the associated images to feel.
Amanda Seyfried as Hathaway’s daughter, Cosette, also performs nicely. She sings well, but I must say hers was me least favorite since at times her voice got so high I couldn’t understand. (I’m not saying her singing is bad. Not at all. I just learned I have difficulty hearing certain keys.)
My favorites were Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks, Marius and Eponine respectively.
The entire time I kept thinking, “I know him from somewhere. Where have I seen him?” (Note: Apparently no where because I haven’t seen anything he’s been in.) But..I love him o.o His voice, his expressions, his acting, his face. We’ll…go drool in a corner.
When I got home, I immediately searched iTunes for the soundtrack to download my favorite songs. But, sadly 😦 😦 😦 two of my favorites are not included in the “Highlights” soundtrack. (Do You Hear the People Sing and Lovely Ladies.)
Highly recommended. You should go see it. I won’t be surprised if LES MISERABLES wins an Oscar (will, in fact, be disappointed if it doesn’t).
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