Okay. So I am currently 200-some odd pages into this 1,400 page book and decided to see the movie tonight. Maybe not my best decision, but it was a TRULY amazing way to end my Christmas.
My first issue is a little nit-picky and comes from the fact that Fantine is supposed to be blonde (I’ll get over it) and is supposed to lose her FRONT teeth (I get why they changed that). My only other REAL issue with the film is the damn close ups of the faces while they’re singing. It was WAY overused and got in the way. It was divisive and annoying.
I didn’t grow up listening to this musical and felt iffy about the music, but there were some insanely powerful numbers that brought tears to my eyes. (I admit I came straight home and made some purchases).
I enjoyed the acting (Although Russel Crowe is boring). I could even stomach Ann Hathaway…okay she was actually pretty fantastic. If I’m honest I wasn’t UNimpressed by anyone, but I was substantially impressed by Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit. Their acting was top noche and their singing was astounding. But I’m a sucker for a bromance with killer chemistry.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie. Considering that I am only 1/7 of the way through the book and all that has happened so far happened in the first 5 minutes of the movie…I feel like there are a few major plot gaps…but that isn’t the fault of the movie seeing as it is an adaptation of the stage musical which is an adaptation of the novel. So I can forgive the multiple “So many Years Later” screen captions…although they weren’t my favorite.