11:45 pm - 12/07/2012

Les Mis Reviews from Variety & The Hollywood Reporter

As a faithful rendering of a justly beloved musical, "Les Miserables" will more than satisfy the show's legions of fans. Even so, director Tom Hooper and the producers have taken a number of artistic liberties with this lavish bigscreen interpretation: The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors' live oncamera vocals. Yet for all its expected highs, the adaptation has been managed with more gusto than grace; at the end of the day, this impassioned epic too often topples beneath the weight of its own grandiosity.

A Mixed Review from VarietyCollapse )

A Negative Review from The Hollywood ReporterCollapse )

The film has garnered a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes so far:

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venus_orbiting 8th-Dec-2012 05:51 am (UTC)
NOBODY I know is excited for this. I have lots of people I can get psyched about The Hobbit with, but then I'm like "And then Les Mis is a few weeks after that, yay!!!" and everyone just looks at me like "........"

bananasnrum 8th-Dec-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
not the most uplifting movie, fo sho. but the old ladies will flock to it.
bgwqlc 8th-Dec-2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see both of those movies.
chelledbrown 8th-Dec-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
I plan to go see this and enjoy it immensely. I had to read the play in like 11th grade, for the section on theater back when schools gave you interesting things to read and cared about things like theater, and I was just in love the whole time. Saw a college production a few years back and it was somewhere between so-so and awful but I was still able to enjoy it. I hope this isn't a disappointment, but I figure either way more musicals is a good thing.

Also OT, but I just need to freak out a little bit: My boyfriend is deploying in February and I think the stress is causing his already...nervous nature to go into hyperdrive. I mean, he's got some odd tendencies that he's aware of but he's clearly starting to lose it. Last night he got up and left the bed three times to make sure the stove was off and today we went to get a Christmas tree and almost couldn't leave the parking lot of the apartment because he kept getting out and checking the tire. The same tire. He's called his mom every two hours for the past week, just to 'check in' because he's worried about her. He called me at work about half a dozen times today, asking me if I'd done weird mundane things (is the stove on? Did you turn off the water to the washing machine? Did you leave the dishwasher running?).

He's a worrier by nature (extremely so) but I feel like this is a bit much? I also feel like he needs to talk to someone but like any other time he's sick/concerned about his health I know he won't because he's worried about being kicked out of the military. It's got me super worried.

/sigh. I just needed to ramble and get that out. I need irl friends to share these things with.
anolinde 8th-Dec-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
If he's receptive, you should definitely encourage him to talk to someone. It sounds like he's really stressed out, and he probably shouldn't be (or should at least be as stress-free as possible) before he deploys. =/
chelledbrown 8th-Dec-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
I do believe he is very stressed out but I don't think he'll talk to anyone. He's got this whole thing about how his whole future is riding on the military and excelling/moving up fast. He's got a whole plan for the next fifteen years and supposedly it all rides on the next year/what happens while he's gone. Which seems like a lot of pressure? But anyway, he also lives in constant fear of certain things about himself being found out/him being kicked out over them (He has serious back pain but won't do anything about it.) so I feel like this would be the same.

kvetchy 8th-Dec-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Some disorders can be exacerbated by stress (obsessive-compulsive symptoms, for instance, increase in both frequency and severity where stress increases). If there are enough instances of him engaging in checking or nervous behaviors, it's probably something he should investigate.
fabouluz 8th-Dec-2012 05:59 am (UTC)
Critics are bitches about epic film contenders.
peddlestools 8th-Dec-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
no thanks
devochkazhenya 8th-Dec-2012 06:02 am (UTC)
idc i'm still going to see it
hypermuseic9 8th-Dec-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
ehhh not really feeling it.
britt_m_89 8th-Dec-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Got a question. Do posts get approved real late at night?
josh_the_k 8th-Dec-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Posts seem to stop around 10:30-11 p.m. West Coast time and pick up again around 4:30-5 a.m. the next day.
roxas39 8th-Dec-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
fauxparadiso 8th-Dec-2012 10:51 am (UTC)
I submitted one hours ago, so the answer is no. lol
sinful_caesar 8th-Dec-2012 06:13 am (UTC)
I am not a fan of Les Mis, so these reviews are just confirming what I've always thought - it's a heavy handed over wrought mess
h0tfuss 8th-Dec-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
That's true of all musicals. There's not a whole lot of nuance in the entire genre.
black_phoenix 8th-Dec-2012 08:38 am (UTC)
stewie_e 8th-Dec-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
Got my free ticket to see it from Banana Republic. I can't wait. :)
ilouboutin 8th-Dec-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
just..pls dont give anne an oscar. i imagine her speech would be more obnoxious than the one from julia roberts.
josh_the_k 8th-Dec-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
I want to start a band called Musical Diarrhea.

The reviews don't surprise me. "Lincoln" is a lock for best picture.
sirsalutation 8th-Dec-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
So, Zero Dark Thirty is going to slay then.

Edited at 2012-12-08 06:40 am (UTC)
cruel_fortuna 8th-Dec-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
You mean you're a loaf?
( lol ... because bread. )
kampfbaby 8th-Dec-2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Crowe, who early in his career starred in The Rocky Horror Show

who do you think he played? surely not frank..?
weasleyswit 8th-Dec-2012 06:51 am (UTC)
Rocky, as he has the least amount of speaking/singing time.
milly 8th-Dec-2012 10:06 am (UTC)
*facepalm* It's too late.

He was Eddie and Dr. Scott, according to this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1324310/Russell-Crowe-donned-thigh-highs-Rocky-Horror-Picture-Show.html
xcollsangelx 8th-Dec-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
I'm pretty pumped!

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