She has to cry and sing "On My Own" in the pouring rain, and Hooper said she did it "many, many times."
It's nights like these I wish they had found a role for Jennifer Hudson to play.
"I Dreamed a Dreamgirl."
I found the review by awardscircuit that was later taken down. I don't think I've seen these comments on the actors posted here.
Jackman has never been better, delivering his most devoted and tender turn of his career. His opening number “What Have I Done?” and near closing “Bring Him Home” are his shining moments showcasing a vocal master class and a sensational acting piece that will put to rest any doubts about how talented he really is.
Russell Crowe in the role of Javert was the only principal actor not to be featured (prominently) in the full-length trailer and featurette, placing speculation in his abilities to sing for the role. Unfortunately, standing next to the likes of Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, and other cast members, his vocals are merely satisfactory. There are many who may find his work here grating and ill-fitting. Physically, Crowe fits the role quite well. He’s always been an outstanding actor, proving time after time that he can deliver in the right roles, singing roles notwithstanding. His final number “Soliloquy” shows his limitations considerably but Crowe cannot be completely faulted. He makes do with what he has and is satisfactory.
In the role of Fantine, Anne Hathaway sings and seals her Oscar speech with “I Dreamed a Dream.” Despite her role being incredibly brief, she makes an undeniable impression and has solidified herself in the Best Supporting actress category.
As Epinone, Samantha Barks is one of the year’s found treasures. Devastatingly heartrending in her number “On my Own,” Barks shows she was born for the role. Is Barks Oscar-worthy? You bet she is. As Cosette, Amanda Seyfried puts her best practices to use as she sings delightfully and remains a warming presence. Don’t get me started on Young Cosette played by Isabelle Allen who is cute as a button and full of acting abilities. In our rare instances of comedy, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter stand out among a great ensemble. “Master of the House” is a hilarious scene that has the two performers doing what they do best.
Still thinking Hathaway, Jackman, Redmayne, Barks
Seyfried might miss, but she's likely getting nominated in a year or two...the way Oscar usually does when they pass over someone the first time around (Jennifer Connelly in '01 after "Requiem"; Catherine Zeta-Jones in '02 after "Traffic"; Patricia Clarkson in '03 after "Far From Heaven", among many others.
With or without a nomination, I see this as greatly helping her career.
I'd say it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that Cameron Diaz has a great film career.
Yeah, I love Being John Malkovich, Gangs of New York, and My Best Friend's Wedding, but certainly not because of Diaz.
I was just listening to the newest podcast and Sasha's thoughts on Les Mis and felt she was very fair about it. Her biggest issue was that she couldn't really follow the plot. When I first watched a recording of Les Mis (25th anniversary concert), I couldn't quite follow it either and had to stop and check the character and plot summary on wikipedia. I thought the script for the movie made the plot clearer than the stage show but since I now know it pretty well, I'm probably not the best judge of how understandable it is for the uninitiated.
While I've had Anne as my frontrunner ever since the casting announcement, I'm still a bit surprised at how positive reaction she has received. Even people who didn't like the movie felt she was great and is going to win. Her voice has also gotten good mentions everywhere even though I expected it to be more divisive and saw her winning by the pure baitiness of the character combined with the idea that it was 'her time' to win.
I've loved JV and Javert on stage versions and disliked the female roles but the women have perhaps got better reactions than the men so far which makes me wonder whether Hugh and Crowe slightly disappoint or whether the women really stepped up here. Most likely I won't have a chance to see the movie before oscars and since the reactions are so all over the place, I feel like I have to wait until the major awards to properly gauge the likelihood of acting nominations and wins outside Hathaway's incoming sweep.
@Cecilia I got that too watching the 25th Anniversary. I had already read the book so I knew what was happening but I still got lost, I can imagine how hard it would be for someone who doesn't know anything about the story. It was still a concert though, not the musical per se, but I think it gives a picture, and I was hoping Hooper could overcome that. Seems like he did except some things that seem to not be easily understood.
I recommend this new translation. Gopnik's introduction is very good.
C'est pas notre faute. It's not our fault.
I think Crowe is still in. He is playing a central character who can be classified as a villian, but then not really the villian. I want to see real reviews and not just tweets. Plus hes Russell Crowe. A-Lister! and its not like the supporting category is strong at all what with only so far TLJones in Lincoln, Robert Deniro SLPB, and Dicaprio for Django Unchained, Phillip Seymor Hoffman The Master. I think Crowe fills the last spot.
I'm not going to stress myself out trying to finish it before Christmas (though I probably could if I had more free time). But I'm excited. I also want to revisit Raymond Bernard's 1934 film adaptation, which is a masterpiece and something I recommend to everyone. It's an Eclipse release via Criterion.
Les Mismania is here to stay!