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Watching "Les Miserables" with the family. I want to die.

(I normally love love love musicals with all my heart, but this one falls in my category of "painful, long, OMG make it stop kill me now". This is the fourth musical in that list, the prior three being "Camelot", "Moulin Rouge", and "Phantom of the Opera".)

In short, I think I hate this movie.

Does anything more really need to be said? (Yeah, I hated "Life of Pi" last week too. Sue me.)

Date: 2013-04-29 12:26 am (UTC)
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Have you ever seen the stage production of Les Miz? Compared to the movie, it is like chalk and cheese. I could barely sit through the movie, but I spent most of the two stage productions I saw (Broadway in Chicago and at home here in Perth, Oz) in such an emotional state - close to tears, crying, cheering, laughing etc - by the time it finished I felt totally wrung out like a wet rag. The feeling is very different, despite it being the same story. It just did not work on film. At least, not for me, and obviously not for you. I think maybe the only ones who it worked for were those with celebricrushes on the stars and those who have never seen a stage production in their lives. Many people I know tolerated it because of the original story, but would not watch it again. :/

Date: 2013-04-29 12:48 am (UTC)
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I have NO interest in this movie AT ALL.

Date: 2013-04-29 01:15 am (UTC)
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I second this. I have several friends who think it was the best ever, but I think I'd rather wash dishes for four hours straight.

Date: 2013-05-01 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Or clean toilets.

Or do taxes.

Date: 2013-04-29 06:48 am (UTC)
msilverstar: (elijah oh noes)
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I disliked Moulin Rouge so much, think I'll skip the miserables.

Date: 2013-05-01 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I actually enjoyed Moulin Rouge.

Date: 2013-04-29 07:28 pm (UTC)
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If it's any consolation, I hated "Life of Pi" too. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it'd just SAID it was an allegory at the front end so that I wouldn't have gone through an hour of "Where is the tiger-poop?" and "Why doesn't the tiger just eat him?" and so forth.

Date: 2013-04-29 09:05 pm (UTC)
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My car mechanic was disappointed in Les Miz. Then again, he was thinking that since it was a "musical" that "sure it's supposed to have a depressing story but there's at least singing and dancing to cheer it up, right?"

Date: 2013-04-29 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I spent the entirety of "Camelot" pondering whether pulling my toenails out would have been more entertaining.

I'm pretty sure it would have.

Date: 2013-04-29 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Go watch "John Dies at the End". Scary and funny at the same time. Also, Clancy Brown.

Date: 2013-04-30 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Saw it. Thought "Through a Scanner Darkly" did it first and better,.

Date: 2013-04-30 03:48 am (UTC)
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Have to agree that the stage production of Les Miz is awesome beyond words. Have no interest in the movie version after that.

Date: 2013-04-30 03:49 am (UTC)
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Oh, and read "Life of Pi.". Meh.

Date: 2013-04-30 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Ditto. I expected to like this movie - hell, I *love* Chicago and even put up with Evita - but it was painful. It wasn't just the bad singing by some of the stars, it was the songs. It was the plot! It was the inexplicable English accent on the street urchin. Aargh.

(FTR: Maybe it is me. I am, after all, a rock'n'roll chick. Give me Rocky Horror, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hard Day's Night, etc.
On the other hand, I spent a lot of my childhood singing CATS songs, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat songs, so there are musicals I like. Or does that just prove my point even more?

Date: 2013-04-30 03:20 pm (UTC)
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No, no, I feel you. I love Chicago, and Fiddler, and Carousel (which is very, very depressing) and Gigi and Seven Brides, and every single other musical ever made. (Jesus Christ Superstar is an incredible time capsule of the 60s and 70s, isn't it? )

Except those four.

Date: 2013-04-30 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, although I've watched and appreciated most "classic" musicals of the 40s and 50s - one of the exceptions being Oklahoma, which I loathe - I really don't like that kind of music, so I can't say I'm a fan of them.

However, I have a deplorable weakness for Andrew Lloyd Webber, who seems to have written virtually every other musical created since 1970. (I don't really care for all of his work, but the majority).
I think the movie of Jesus Christ Superstar is much underrated, and (as you say) a time capsule.

In all of Les Miz, there's only one song I like - and I don't care for Anne Hathaway's rendition of it.
I've never been able to watch all of Moulin Rouge.
I like maybe one song in Phantom, which I have seen live - twice. Once because a friend won tickets, and another time because Paul Stanley of KISS was starring in the local production and it was a birthday gift to my best friend, who was a veteran member of the KISS Army.

Whenever I hear the world "Camelot" in the same sentence as "musical", I can only think of a Monty Python bit from The Holy Grail with the knights dancing on the table

The original musical I have only a vague acquaintance with.

Edited Date: 2013-04-30 03:58 pm (UTC)
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