Monday, December 31, 2012
Les Miserables (2012)- The pillars of a body are ignored (2 Stars)
Les Miserables has been in the Oscar conversation ever since the idea of a movie adaptation has ever been though of. Once Tom Hooper signed on, the buzz got as fierce as a bumblebee. But after viewing the film, I was puzzled. Why does this even exist as a movie?
Outside the Vancouver theater that graced its screen to my eyes was a 4/5 star Vancouver Sun review. They mentioned the cinematography as the highlight of praise. Of course!
The movie, Les Miserables, was made to bring a more intimate view to the original musical on Broadway. The camera focuses on faces, not bodies. Faces bring power to a performance, but it is the pillar of a body that lets a haughty face stand out. Tom Hooper neglected that.
With the cinematography aside, the musical brings nothing new to the table, except a middling new song- Suddenly. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are still both very good, but whats the point of seeing a story that is executed poorly when you can watch the broadway musical on DVD or YouTube already?