Adaptation #31: Vive la Revolution pour les Miserables

header031As the team discusses Tom Hooper’s film Les Miserables, we realize that our expectations were both too high and too low. Talking over the cast, the filming and the how the story was told versus the stage musical and Victor Hugo’s novel, we can only conclude that it was painfully amazing… or was that amazingly painful?

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Music: Epilogue from the Les Miserables Soundtrack

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Main Discussion

Les Miserables

-Release: Dec 25 (US), Jan 11 (UK)

-Director: Tom Hooper

-Screenwriter: William Nicholson

-Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter

-Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, the 1980 original French production by Alain Boublil, Claude Michel Schonberg and Jean Marc Natel and the 1985 English musical by Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton

-Original song: ‘Suddenly’

Anne Hathaway won’t glamorize her weight loss

Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris sing ‘Confrontation’

Stay tuned for episode #32 on the Isaac Marion’s novel Warm Bodies!

4 thoughts on “Adaptation #31: Vive la Revolution pour les Miserables

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  3. I did love this, though for a really pure musical version of Les Mis I can’t go past the 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2, with Alfie Boe, Lea Salonga and Samantha Barks, who IMO did a better rendition of “On My Own” that night on stage than she does in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s amazing (and have done for ages, since she first showed up on one of those UK Andrew Lloyd Webber-judged reality shows to cast a West End musical – she finished 3rd (I think) in competing for the role of Nancy in Oliver!)… I just feel like in the movie, she sang the whole song as a lament, whereas it’s meant to be sung initially as a dream. That transition from her dream of happiness into grim reality is the most powerful part of the song, so for me it just missed that beat in the movie.

    Empty Chairs, however, was brilliant – thought Eddie Redmayne was super – especially considering that in the aforementioned Anniversary concert, Marius was played by Nick Jonas and no amount of open-mindedness could excuse his dreadful performance. He made Russell Crowe look like a superstar. Crowe was better than I expected, but not as good as I would have liked. Everyone else I was happy with… a few songs fell a little flat for me (Do You Hear The People Sing? (though the Epilogue was awesome), Stars, One Day More, On my Own) but other songs were suddenly far more epic then ever before (Red and Black, I Dreamed A Dream).

    Anyway I enjoyed your podcast 🙂 If you can get your hands on the 25th Anniversary concert it is WELL worth watching, the Enjolras in that is sublime, and as long as you ignore as much Jonas as you can, you’ll love it.


    • I see what you mean about the dream versus lament in On My Own, though I didn’t notice the difference until you pointed it out. In a strange way, I think that might have been a symptom of the detailed set. It’s easier to get lost in a dream world on a dark stage.

      I have to ask what about Do You Hear the People Sing? you thought was flat! Maybe I was too caught up in the sweeping camera-work, but it felt so epic to me!

      I will definitely try to watch the anniversary concert. Thanks for the recommendation (and the Jonas warning)!


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