Because you deserve to be less miserable

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I cannot not blog about Les Misérables because I waited for seven hours in the mall, just to watch the movie. It was one of the longest days of my life! Much has been said and I think I have no right to give a critique on a movie that is million times bigger than I am. But allow me to share my penny of thoughts on why people who are not fans of the musical should watch.

It’s classic

It is based on the novel of Victor Hugo which is oftentimes included in the list of books you must read before you die. The novel has made so much influence as it talks about justice, poverty, and sacrifice. This is one of the literary influences of Jose Rizal. Then later on, it had a musical theater adaptation. And when you talk about theater, it’s one of the first few plays that come into your mind.

They sing truthfully

The music itself is one of biggest reasons why I wanted to watch it and why other Filipinos want it too. I’ve been singing the song On my Own since high school but I just could not nail it. Songs from this musical have been popular choices for audition. For us, musical theater fans,we are curious on how these songs we have loved will be interpreted in cinema. Generally speaking, I like the actors realistic way of singing. In the film, they are not technical singers who have too much vibrato, too much inflections, too much clean and clear notes. That’s difference between singing on stage and singing for movies. If you’ve heard the songs, you will understand them more after watching the movie. Not only you will learn the story behind the songs but also the depth of the character’s emotions. You will know the pain of a prostitute and of a dying loved one. You will feel the passion of revolutionists.

Anne Hathaway is an A+++ actress.

Having a soundtrack of Les Misérables anniversary concert and listening to a lot of thespians, I guess we all have our own preference or what others call “standards.” But I must say Anne Hathaway’s rendition I Dreamed a Dream is one of the most truthful performances.You can almost cry with her. She only had short time in the movie but it was very memorable. She really deserves an acting award.

At times, it feels like watching MTV.

There are a lot of scenes that look like MTV. On my own scene reminded me of the ones I watched in MTV, like singing and crying in the rain. I compare those scenes to music videos because Tom Hooper loves close-up shots. It is as if the actor is singing to the camera. This kind of shot is an opportunity for actors to show their acting prowess. I know some viewers don’t like these close-up shots but it was a refreshing way of reiterating a very familiar story. That’s also a privilege for us audience to see closely the facial expressions of actors. You cannot have that on theater stage.

Drama sells

I personally love tragedies. As you know, I like to watch men in pain and hear stories about death. I think we can identify ourselves more in tragedies than sweet happy endings. There are a lot of dramatic scenes. They say,”the movie will make you cry.” I did cry a little during the last few moments of the movie and stopped myself for crying more because I did not want my friends to make fun of me.

It’s too much

The story will not be beautiful if the storyteller does not know how to deliver and we owe it to the the people who worked hard for the movie. It’s a 157-minute film. You get your money’s worth comparing on how much you spend for a Starbucks coffee that lasts for less than five minutes. There are too many characters that you will fall in love with. There are too many songs that you want to sing along with. There are too many stories inside a story. There are many themes that make all the scenes relevant.  If you really want to heavy acting, lots of singing, and endless tears, go watch it.

Oh, and a friendly reminder:

Photo from Dennis T. Sebastian

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rhence
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 10:28:42

    Sa play pala na ‘to kinanta yung on my own. Haha. Please forgive my ignorance. Haha. Hindi ko pa ‘to napapanuod, sana nasa cinema pa din sya. =[

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  2. cestlavie22
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 03:55:56

    I am dying to see this movie. I just have a question…when you say it is like watching MTV are you meaning this as a positive thing? I know that back in the day MTV was exactly what people wanted to watch for the up and coming music but nowadays all I see is reality TV so I dont have positive thoughts associated with MTV. I would be sad to think this movie is more like a reality show than what I had imagined…

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    • jackieB
      Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:42:05

      it’s like MTV in a positive way…..i mean the way the camera zooms in and zooms out from the actors’ faces. and the acting with singing was close to real life. Unlike theater wherein the movements and voices are all big, it’s like people singing in a normal way, not too “stagey ” and i like it that way because it is more truthful and more convincing 🙂

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  3. Marya
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:03:06

    hahaha…napanood ko ang les mis sa bahay. ganda na nga ng copy ng na-download ng pinsan ko. hehehe.

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  4. hana banana
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:50:01

    oh yes, me is gonnnnna watchhhh on my day-off ^_^

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