Les Mis – Finally!

Due to being busy and having a toddler, P and I do not go to many movies. Actually in the past year, we have only been to ONE movie (Batman!). We do have a nice HD TV at home, so when we order a movie, it is still enjoyable. But, I do miss going to the movies from time to time. I think in the summer we will be able to go more often!

One of the movies I really wanted to see was Les Miserables. Les Mis is one of those musicals that I know 90% of the music, but have yet to actually see the musical on stage.I was a bit too young to see the musical when it was in Toronto, and I don’t really remember it being in Ottawa recently. So, when everyone was raving about Les Miserables when it came out in theatres, I really wanted to see it. The movie just came out on DVD, which meant I could download it off Rogers on Demand. Of course, the moment that I sit down with a nice glass of wine and get ready to load the movie, Rogers on Demand decides to crap out. After a few resets, I did manage to get it going – but I was about to lose it on Rogers again (it is a Canadian thing to complain about Rogers, my American friends!).

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So my thoughts on the movie? The cinematography was excellent – beautiful colours, sets and costumes – the actual movie making was very well done. The movie seemed a bit jumpy at some points (musicals are jumpy in nature) – and at some points dragged on. However, after saying that, the movie didn’t seem like it was 2.5 hours long. The acting/singing was half and half for me. Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks (Eponine) little Cosette and Marius (Eddie Redmayne) were my favorite characters. Russell Crowe seemed to have the same expression on his face the entire time. Not sure what was up with that. Although Amanda Seyfried’s acting was ok – I was really irritated by her “soprano” voice. I am not sure whether they wanted her to sound innocent and weak, but that is what her voice sounded like to me! The voices may have been a bit off because the actors actually sang on the set, not in a studio and lip-synced on screen. Yes – it was more real, but you could tell the difference between trained singers and Hollywood actors quite easily. Hugh Jackman did a pretty good job – but I did not like his version of “Bring him home”. Not at all – it was almost emotionless. Colm Wilkinson orginated the role in London and New York when the musical frist came out. His voice is amazing and he is able to show so much emotion in his voice. He is incredibly hard to beat for both Jean Valjean in Les Mis, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (he was the Toronto Phantom for quite some time). Funny – while watching the first bit of the movie, I thought that the Bishop’s voice sounded quite familiar – then I realized “heyyyyy, I know that voice” – checked IMDB and realized it was Colm Wilkinson! Really nice touch! Not to spoil the ending of the movie, but there was a really cool little scene with Colm at the end. I am assuming that most people figured out who it was….hopefully…

It was a great movie, that I will probably want to watch again. The music was in my head all day long too (yay?).

I went for a quick run this evening with Max in the chariot. The Chariot made my arms and legs burn a bit. Because it was late, I could only do 2K at a 6:00min pace. Good enough for tonight! There were many runners out and about this afternoon – finally a nice day out! Too bad that it looks like it is going to pour buckets for the rest of the week 🙁

Did you run today?
Have you seen Les Miserables yet?
Do you like Colm Wilkinson?

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3 Comments

  1. Stephanie@nowirun.com

    My son, Andrew, went to see the movie but I didn’t… I might give it a try.
    Sorry about the dreary rain!

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  2. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced

    I’ve been wanting to see that movie!!! Looks great and love that Dakota is in it!

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  3. Nicole

    I still need to watch this movie! I want to see it live too. I think its coming to Calgary this summer but I’m not sure we will get around to seeing it. I love musicals!!

    I like Colm Wilkinson. Phantom of the Opera is my favourite musical by far. I saw it in Toronto when I was in middle school. Love it!

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