What do I think about the musical element? Well, I love musicals and singing itself, but I was a little disappointed about how rushed some scenes were. However, I do understand that because it is a musical, that is how some things have to be and that not everything from the books can be included. I was pleased with the elements that were kept in, from Jean Valjean's yellow coat to all the crosses (keeping with the religious nature of the book).
The story: Jean Valjean was sentenced to the galleys for many years after stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister's child (actually, there were several children in the book, but I won't harp on that as this is a summary). After his release, it is only the kind Bishop, who turns him on the right path to start a new life. Then he meets Fantine, who has turned to desperate paths to save her daughter, Cosette. He promises to take care of Cosette, and even then, he could have spent his life in peace - but Javert, the fanatic police inspector, is on his heels...
|Javert and Jean Valjean|
Russel Crowe played Javert. I've seen a whole lot of people on the Internet say that he did a horrible job, which shocks me because I think he did a really great job. I think Russel's looks and voice are perfect for Javert. I love his solos and any time he is singing, actually because while he doesn't have the best voice out of all the actors/actresses, I just love his for some reason.
I thought Eddie Redmayne did a good job on Marius - though when Jean Valjean told Marius about his real identity near the end of the movie, I found Eddie's facial expression a little weird for the situation. Eddie's best scene was definitely "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"; I thought it was done magnificently. Oh, and I also loved Marius' defending scene at the barricade.
Amanda Seyfried's Cosette - Amanda's voice is probably the best out of everyone's. She can reach such high notes, and her voice trills. However, I do have to admit she sounds a little bit like a sheep at times. :P I actually don't like the older Cosette as I find her immature and a little annoying in that respect - but she was exactly the same way in the book, so perhaps that's a good thing. Aaaand you do have to admit Cosette is beautiful. :) I would give her best scene as being when she thinks about Marius in her room, singing "In My Life".
|Jean, Marius, Cosette|
I don't think you can find anything lacking in Samantha Barker's Eponine. This is HER role - she played it on stage before she was cast in the movie. Her voice is great...the emotion she shows...those twitches when she dying! I'd say her best scene is probably her solo "On My Own" - or maybe "A Little Fall of Rain".
In the book, Enjolras is described to have an angelic face --- and while I'm not saying that Aaron Tveit has one, I am going to say that I think the director made a good choice in casting him. ;) I also like his hair... (and while I'm on this point, note this - Alyianna has an obsession with hair). Besides that, I think Aaron played this character really well, keeping with the strong, haughty air of the original Enjolras.
|Enjolras and Grantaire|
Gavroche was perfect, spunky and a little leader. Even though there wasn't time to go into all the subplot and show Gavroche taking care of two little boys, I think that was shown well in the street scene with the gamin of the streets of Paris running after Gavroche.
As said at the beginning, I liked how the Catholic elements were kept in this movie. It kept the movie historically correct and also closer to the book. ;) The only thing that WASN'T Catholic was the pro-Revolutionary part of the plot, but this was in the book (obviously) and wasn't blatantly anti-Catholic (besides the fact that revolution isn't Catholic).
In the next part, I'll talk about scenes from the movie.
Alyianna's rating: 8.5 out of 10