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Look down, look down, don't look them in the eye.
Look down, look down, you're here until you die.
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OK lets put this in context. I like a decent musical, whether mainstream or off the wall. I've enjoyed Rent (massively), The Fix, Miss Saigon, Nine and many others. However I don't do Lloyd-Webber. And now I don't do Schonberg/Boublil either.
This film is truly, hideously awful.
French TV is awash with programmes where earnest looking pseuds sit round a table for hour after endless hour, discussing the most arcane subject matter while an audience of bored people watch on, trying to look as if they are enjoying themselves. Well this film has that quality in spades. It drones on and on and on and on and on....relentlessly. I came out physically drained.
Its interesting to note that many of the good reviews this has received are from Les Mis nutjobs, who stalk the production like emotional hobbits. Ignore them, they are lying through their teeth.
"I cried all the way through"..."I cried in the car park"...are these the thoughts of a balanced grown-up I ask you?
I would say, though, that I suspect it makes an OK stage show. I've seen excerpts and it gets by, just. But there are probably only two OK tunes in the whole piece; the rest are the stage equivalent of a whistling milkman...that is to say, tuneless and unidentifiable.
Watching Crowe sing in this is worse than cringe-inducing; his voice is just awful. Jackman is far far worse. The girls get by vocally - just.
And thats the sad thing, because its a talented cast and the acting element of it is actually extremely good. Had it been a film of Victor Hugo's book it would have been absolutely outstanding..........but they tried to sing and it all went down the toilet. I firmly believe that, had they used proper singers instead of these am-dram luvvies, it might have stood a chance. It is, after all, supposed to be a musical, not a film with actors trying and failing to carry a tune (although I use that term in the loosest sense here).
You should go and see it, even if only to share my pain, but take a book to read because at nearly three hours, its two hours too long IMNVHO.
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