Les Miserables: the movie vs the musical

This might not make sense to those of you who have not watched the musical or the movie, so don’t read on if you haven’t.

The losses:

There were a few things I missed from the staged musical, because the musical did them fabulously well. First of all, and I really believe it’s hard to beat the 10th anniversary’s rendition of this (even the 25th anniversary paled in comparison)– the comical innkeeper and his wife’s Master of the House (start it from 3.25):

The 10 anniversary’s innkeeper is GOLD. He has the look down pat, complete with crooked and missing teeth, and his relationship with his wife is just so fitting for a long-married couple. I’m sorry, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Cohen, you don’t have much chemistry together.

The second song I missed, One Day More:

The movie did a decent job of this, but this song is meant for the stage– everyone standing in the backdrop showing how the revolution is not only the affair of a few individuals but affects everyone; the main characters standing slightly apart with a mike each, each with their own worries, individual concerns (the revolution is an ideal, but what makes it up are all these separate lives that can’t just be dismissed), and then joining their voices in a chorus to form the voice of hope and of the people. One day more– the anticipation, the fears, the preparation.

Third song, Little People:

I’m actually quite displeased with what the movie did to the little boy. In the movie he just goes over the barricade like “hey it’s a great idea to make myself look damn stupid! plus I get EXTRA CREDIT for looking really pitiful as they shoot me!” but he had a much more pivotal and intelligent role in the musical than being a sacrificial lamb pls. Although the movie’s little boy did a good job with the acting, kudos

The gains:

Anne Hathaway did an AMAZING job; I was tearing during I dreamed a dream and when she was hallucinating Cosette. See, you only get to break out of breakout roles (princess diaries, anyone?) when you are as dedicated as Hathaway. Hugh Jackman was good, but that was expected. The revolution leader was the unexpected one– I thought I’d be too busy staring at Eddie Redmayne to care about anyone else, but I ended up just giving him 2 seconds of attention before switching over to said revolution leader who was so much more powerful and kool than lovelorn who-cares-about-what-revolution-all-I-need-is-~luv~~ Marius. I honestly think Redmayne has so much of that slightly blur look that directors just look at him and think, “MY LOVELORN HERO WHO WILL DAYDREAM ALL DAY OF HIS LOVER”.

 

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