Conspiracy theory: I think "Bring Him Home" was lipsynced. Not because Jackman didn't go falsetto, but because I couldn't see the vibrato in his throat or mouth that I did for the rest of his performance.
I straight up started crying when Colm showed up at the beginning. (Months ago, I found out he would be the Bishop, but forgot? So it was so overwhelmingly wonderful.) Also I missed Eponine for the part at the end, but Valjean didn't even meet her, so for a movie this was so much better.
The rest of my thoughts:
I didn't hate Russell Crowe. I developed very low expectations when I saw the previews, which were met in most of the thing, and actually exceeded for "Stars." I liked the softer interpretation he brought to it! Quastie 4 lyfe, though.
Anne Hathaway was amazing.
Eddie Redmayne really blew "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" out of the water. The rest of Marius/Cosette was as bland as I expected it to be.
Valjean! Skating while your daughter's still in her wedding dress! Dickhole!
Aaron Tveit is obviously my new musical boyfriend.
The grime and hopelessness of it all was so much more palpable onscreen that "Master of the House" came through as the darkly comic relief it should be, instead of just annoying.
The way they edited was very smart. I can't think of a song they cut in its entirety other than "Dog Eats Dog," but they shortened most of the major ones by a verse and most of the ensemble pieces by several.
And finally, you know who didn't give two shits about "Suddenly" writing a new song to be eligible for an Oscar? Stephen Sondheim.
Also on that page: hearing aids. <3
@yunkstahn I have a Felicity in my attic! They appear to have retooled her clothes in different colors for Caroline Abbott.
You and I eat Fage correctly.
But sometimes you DO hold real babies upside-down! How old are these dolls supposed to be?
So where is the YouTube remix with Marni Nixon as every voice? Or else what is the Internet even FOR?
@darklingplain I had to Google these, too. Cyanide is used in mining; strychnine is primarily a pesticide, which makes its inclusion on this list suspect since its main use is still killin'.
@kingstitcher Ahahahaha, I was thinking of a KNIFE made of PAPER like in PRISON. You probably mean a letter opener.
Wait, what else would you use a paper knife for?
@Slutface The Vine at Tomato Nation. Although lately it's like one personal advice letter a week and two or three "help me find a vaguely-remembered book from my childhood" and "help me replace my favorite shoes that just broke and they don't make the style anymore." Which, those questions have their place, but I like to read for Sars' advice, not crowdsourcing.