Since then, my aunt has performed as Eponine and as Fantine on the West End; so, when I heard about a new movie where the actors would actually be singing (1998 version with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes didn't have any singing in it!), I could not wait to see it.
The time finally came last weekend, when Skintec invited a few of us bloggers to a special screening of Les Misérables at the Mall of Asia's Director's Club. :)
Here are a few confessions that I have regarding the movie (excuse me if this is too personal and nothing like what you expected, but it is a movie about being miserable, so allow Lil Miss Emo to come out this once):
For starters, as with Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight", I think that Anne Hathaway was too over-hyped. And I'm not just saying that coz of her recent interview with Ricky Lo - I swear! Lol.
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I honestly still think that Kate Winslet would have been the better choice. Especially coz she looks more like Cosette. In the end bit, all I could think was, "They're supposedly related?!??" :p But, hey, great acting for the entire cast! (They could've picked a better-looking Marius, though. :p)
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The second problem I had with watching this movie is that it was far too heavy on the heart... you know what I mean? There is no pause in-between all of the misery. At all.
In the musical, I felt bad for Fantine, sure; but in the movie, it was all so incredibly intense that I actually had difficulty breathing from all of the tears that I was shedding. Also, the prostitutes are dirtier, the setting is darker, the sewers are grosser... so everything is just heavier on the heart.
This was made even worse coz we were in the Director's Club, so we all had separate lazyboys and I couldn't hug Gerd to make myself feel better. #mysuperheroproblems It was the hagulgol kind of crying, too. :(
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No exaggerations here: I was crying non-stop for the entirety of the movie - from the minute Jean Valjean meets the priest until the minute the ending song starts up. There was only a 10-minute interval where I wasn't crying: the tavern scene, which was also the scene when I decided to go to the bathroom and wash my face. Lol.
Mid-way through the movie, Gerd even got up to replenish my tissue supply. So embarrassing.
I'm not sure if it's coz I'm extremely hormonal at the moment or coz I'm a mother now and can relate to Fantine - and all of the other problems in the movie, for that matter - so much more, but dang. My heart died and remained dead for more than two hours.
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So, is it a good movie? Definitely! Would I watch it again? Maybe if I was feeling suicidal and wanted to remind myself that there are other people out there who have it much worse, yeah. Lol. But right now, I think watching it again would just damage me more than anything else. :/
If you think your heart can take it, if you have a lifetime supply of tissue in your bag, if you want to belt out Les Mis songs without your family looking at you weirdly and if you have someone to hug during the movie, then go watch it.
It is definitely worth it. Especially because it is difficult to capture all that suffering and pain and get the viewers to feel it all, too. Two thumbs up to Hooper. Emotional manipulation at its best.