Les Miserables

Recently I found myself in the cinema watching Les Miserables.

I’m not a great theatre (as in plays & opera rather than cinema) attender and I thought that, considering the West End stage success of Les Miserables, going to this film production of it might stimulate my interest in attending the theatre a bit more often, but I’m afraid it failed miserably.

Here we have an interesting storyline of class struggle (and to an extent religious conflict) in post-revolutionary France which starts off in the early 1800 and then runs through into the Paris Uprising of the 1830s.

There were some very good acting performances from the likes of Russel Crowe and Hugh Jackman, however this idea of having them in ‘exclusively singing’ roles did not do it for me.

I never felt engaged or involved with any of the characters or events. The zooming in close-up ‘in your face’ camera action every time anyone sang (which was all the time as there were very few spoken words) irritated me.

Some interesting CGI, but it was over done and did not blend in well with the stage set-ups. Surely if a theatre can do it as a stage performance then Hollywood with all its resources should not have needed to rely on so many electronically generated scenes and effects.

I knew things weren’t going well when I found myself looking at my watch to see how long it had been going for (and in turn how long till it ends) and found it had only been running about 25 minutes (so well over two hours still to go). Not Good.

Oh well, never mind. I’m not going to enjoy every film I see. I had gone with high hopes of looking forward to and wanting to enjoy the film, however overall I found it a rather tedious experience.

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