...and talk about the Les Misérables: EXTENDED FIRST LOOK trailer.
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Yesssssss. Husband and I watched this last night. He's excited & unfortunately I am too. I really wanted to be all "yawn, another Les Miserables thing?"
When I went to see this on the stage at Manchester Opera on a date in the the early 90's,no matter how macho I wanted to seem my date ended up comforting & handing me tissues most of the night as I cried like a baby... Love it.. @m
There's some condensation in my eyes... not sure where that came from.
But really, how can a trailer for a movie make me emotional? I'm not even a huge Les Mis person or anything. Can't wait
@meg12 I got really teary too! Now, I love Les Mis, but I'm not a teary person. I started wondering if maybe my PMS got a head start..
@meg12 Yes. Every time I get to "but the tigers come at night" my heart breaks. If I'm at work I have to turn it off there. I didn't know a musical could do this.
I have some FEELINGS regarding Anne Hathaway's decision not to belt out "I Dreamed a Dream" in the typical diva-tastic fashion if anyone wishes to discuss. Mostly along the lines of "missed opportunities, suspension of disbelief is appropriate when everyone is singing and also using Cockney accents in France, a little anger never hurt anyone, mumble grumble."
@aleanbluezither YES. Agreed. Singing that song like a weakling is no way to behave. As a Fantine-type professional musical theatre performer, I think I may have to take a bathroom break during that number.
@aleanbluezither: Maybe she works her way from despair to outrage and belts it out at the end?
@RK Fire Guarantee she doesn't. I think the "it's because I am desperate at the bottom of a hole" explanation is more of an excuse for weak chops.
@aleanbluezither The whole emotional fragility/weak chops thing works for me for Fantine, and I think I like Anne's version of it, as opposed to another "belting out" version.
However, I'm NOT on board with the Queen of Weak Chops Town, Amanda Seyfriend, and I think I'm going to be even more annoyed with Cossette than I already am after seeing her play it. Weak chops on a soprano in way more hard to stomach because it sounds so tinny and shrill.
@SuperGogo I am totally down with the fragile version, too. My playlist already has several kickass diva versions, there wasn't going to be room for Anne's anyway. She was never going to top the classics, so why not add a new nuance? I reserve the right to eat my words, though, if she doesn't give Fantine any strength. Fragile and broken are good, weak is not.
(On the other hand, I actually loved Amanda Seyfried...but I dislike Cosette and think she should sound as shrill and thin as possible, so.)
@BusyBrie: I don't know about musical theater but I wonder if a restrained, perhaps more nuanced interpretation would work better when the camera is stuffed up her nostrils like it is in the haircutting scene? Film has such different demands.
Look at that, now I've messed up my mascara at work. Christmas can't get here fast enough.
I cry every time I watch the trailer so of course I cried at this, too. I'm actually really excited they moved the release date back to Christmas day because that means my mom and I are going to go see it together. She used to make us listen to the soundtrack on tape in the car ALL THE TIME when I was a kid. <3 u theatre-nerd mom.
I was not excited until this trailer! And now I am mega excited!!
I haven't been this excited for a Christmas since I was 4 years old and I asked Santa for a Little Tykes Party Kitchen.
I CAN'T, YOU GUYS
I CAN'T SEEM TO TYPE IN ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF CAPS AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS
@anachronistique YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSS YES.
@anachronistique: I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THEY DO "ONE DAY MORE"
@RK Fire ENTIRE BOX OF KLEENEX IN THE THEATER
We also watched trailers for: 7 Psychopaths, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Impossible. Anyone care to discuss any of these? Cuz I want to, natch. And why wait for Open Thread?
@BornSecular Silver Linings Playbook! Looks so good!
Has anyone seen this 13-minute, one-man Les Mis performance?
@Hellcat Welp. Now I definitely feel like an underachiever.
@chrysopoeia But now you have a project for the weekend... come on, you can do it!
@Hellcat: This is amazing; thanks for sharing!
@RK Fire And this thread is so timely; my BF showed me that video Thursday night so it was fresh in my brain... and perfect to share with people who care about Les Mis!
@Hellcat And if anyone is still poking around in here, I'm still on a crazy YouTube spiral of Les Mis performance-watching...
1. Let's all take a moment for Hugh Jackman's forearms
2. Anne Hathaway's pixie cut!
@iceberg less of a pixie cut, more of a pixie shearing
2. RIGHT??? She is WORKING IT.
1. "Have you SEEN his arms? They look like legs!"
I was never one of those Le Mis obsessed theater kids. I was a musical theater kid, to be sure, but I was obsessed with Rent and, like, Sondheim. Sure, at fourteen "On My Own" was my audition song, BUT WHOSE WASN'T?
So I was hoping this would be a train wreck of magnificent proportions, and everything would be hilariously awful.
And then they cast Hugh Jackman. And then everyone else... didn't really suck (feelings on I Dreamed a Dream aside, but I think it's sort of refreshing that they let her be small and broken instead of the BIG BELTY FEEEEEEEEELINGS that are required onstage, because I am willing to bet that it will read a million times better on camera than the opposite).
And then this.
So I'm on board. I am on board, and you can all have Hugh Jackman because Eddie Redmayne is the leader of my harem of eerie looking gingers, so I'm okay over here.
(But we didn't hear Crowe! Can he sing? Is he going to be the major let down?)
@thatgirl Ugh, I am so worried about Crowe, because I'm not convinced he can kick the Javert songs' asses and they so need to have their asses kicked because they're so amazing and...right? "Stars," right? If he rock-sings that song I'm going to start throwing things at the screen.
(Oh man, who am I kidding, I'll be there with bells on at Christmas, sobbing into my husband's shoulder for 2 hours.)
@Bittersweet I do not doubt that he can act the part, but seriously, he is going to be playing against HUGH JACKMAN, who is potentially the most awesome musical theater/film actor of our time, and pretty much ANYONE will pale in comparison.
@thatgirl I had never heard of Eddie Redmayne before five minutes ago, but hello there, Marius.
Worried about not seeing Russell Crowe sing. Deeply worried after seeing Hugh Jackman sing. :-/
Regarding Eddie Redmayne: If you like him, please watch the wonderful/terrible Starz miniseries version of Pillars of the Earth. Lots of Redmayne ass.
@CheeseLouise REDMAAAAAAAAAAYNE!! His Burberry ad campaign is my desktop background for work because screencaps from My Week With Marilyn would just get weird, fast.
Also there's a dude at my office who LOOKS like Eddie Redmayne, so, obviously I'm trying my damndest to hit that.
@thatgirl Am I crazy or did/does Russell Crowe have a band? Did I dream this?
I don't know why but I feel like Russell Crowe, going by looks alone, would be a better Valjean.
@Hellcat Russell Crowe has a bluegrass band. Looking them up on Youtube did not make me feel better about him as Javert.
@rianne marie I thought so... just couldn't remember any details, or if I was mixing up Russell Crowe with someone else who has a band. I figured that he'd be a good choice and all (other than I feel like he looks more like Valjean) because the guy who created the stage show is involved on this movie (I think?). Either way, I am excited!
RELAX, Hugh Jackman...jesus...
Am I the only one who gets the guys from the cast of "How I met your mother" singing "The Confrontation" as a suggested video at the end of this?
@Jeremy Yoder@twitter - You are not the only one. Well played, YouTube.
I am a musical theater fan, but not a musical theater expert, but if they are actually performing live takes, wouldn't it be necessary for Anne et al to not completely belt their voices out every take? That could be the reasoning behind the "weaker" voice work. So she doesn't completely collapse her trained but not expert voice.
I know next to nothing about Les Miz (I am sadly undereducated when it comes to musical theatre), but this has me a wee bit excited. Not QUITE as excited as the possibilities of Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock (I mean, he doesn't really look like him, but he also doesn't look like himself) PLUS Helen Mirren as his wife.
TEARS. All of them. As a total musical theater geek who sang "On My Own" for my final in showchoir one year, I am stoked for this. And the fact that they're singing live is going to make this so amazing. I can't wait.
I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT EPONINE.
I don't like this Eponine. NOT ONE BIT.
@slutberry All I can say is that she's not Taylor Swift. Anything else is gravy.
@Ashley Lange@facebook She is so froofy with her singing! She has that warbly breathy cleavage-in-the-rain thing going on. Eponine is, in my mind, gutsy and scrappy and level-headed; "On my Own" is a "Okay, you need to get over this now!!" song, not a languishing song.
@slutberry: I actually always thought of "On My Own" as a languishing song and would love to see a "girl, pull yourself up" rendition. I haven't seen that many productions besides the anniversary ones, but then again I've always thought of Eponine as being sad and perpetually friendzoned by Marius.
@RK Fire Naw, it seems all languishing til this verse:
"I love him, but every day I'm learning
all my life I've only been pretending!
Without him, the world will go on turning..."
it's like, OKAY I AM DONE MOPING NOW GONNA GO FIGHT A REVOLUTION
@slutberry The lyrics I remember are something more like "Without ME, HIS world would go on turning..." But I would also LOVE to see a scrappy version
@TheLetterL: Yes, those are the lyrics I remember too. That being said, I too would also love a scrappy version of Eponine and this song.
@RK Fire Aw, poo. Lyrics are not as BAMF-y as I remember.
I promise I won't sing along to every song when I see the movie. BUT I TOTALLY COULD. IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING.
@olivia: What percentage of the opening night audience will be singing along to the movie? Make your bets here!
@olivia I'm still chuckling over this. That will be me, too. I think out loud singing will vary from theater to theater, but there will be at least a few. My wager is 78% will be singing in their heads/hearts, with another 10% mouthing the lyrics.
We'll only know for sure when they change a line in the songs - 'Cause you KNOW that will happen- and a silent rumble of discontent goes through the audience. (THAT'S NOT THE WORDS. I TOTALLY KNOW ALL THE WORDS AND THAT WAS CHANGED. THAT'S NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MUSICAL.)
@RK Fire My non-Les Mis-knowing but very accommodating BF has already said he'll be more than happy to take me to see this movie... if I promise to stay seated and not burst into song.
(I do burst into song at home a lot, often to Do You Hear the People Sing?, though my lyrics are about feeding the cat.)
@Hellcat: Oh god I can't wait to see that song in movie-form either!
@RK Fire It might be my favorite--it's just so awesome, even though the one at the end is tear-inducing.
Oh my god I just shit myself.
@Ashley Lange they will put a lav on each actor that will pick up their slightest sigh, so they don't have to "belt out" anything. Long boom mics you saw would be for ambient sound.
Sure, but that doesn't actually tell me why or how they've chosen to perform those songs, which is more what I was referring to.
I am a complete Les Miserables ignoramus, so this version of the song seemed very natural to me and when I looked up the stage performances, I didn't actually like them as much? *cringes*
Oh my goddd FEELINGGGS WHY AREN'T THERE MORE LETTERS ON MY KEYBOARD?? UGH. Ugh. !!
I have returned to say SWEET HOLY JESUS, I just heard Eddie Redmayne sing and now I am so turned on I could possibly throw up. I will probably see this movie around 100 million times.
I played in the pit orchestra for this in university. Also there are tears in my eyes now because wine.
I'm not a fan of Anne Hathaway's, like at all, but she kills me with the devastation on the "so different from this hell I'm living" line. Also, Amanda Seyfried feels like a horrible flashback to Phantom of the Opera, where the actors were so incredibly out of their depths singing-wise that it was acutely painful to listen to. And Russell Crowe has never not been a giant block of wood (albeit a block of wood with underlying rage issues, like a whomping willow), so I'm super not excited for his Javert.
So where is the YouTube remix with Marni Nixon as every voice? Or else what is the Internet even FOR?
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