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Les Mis movie 2012 
25th-Dec-2012 04:25 pm
GAH!!! What can I say? After all the times I have seen it live onstage I didn't think it would effect me so drastically. Began crying when Colm Wilkinson came onscreen as the Bishop even though I knew he was playing the part. Pretty much cried the rest of the way through the movie...as did everyone else. I took about a dozen tissues with me and used all but one. Kept wiping tears off my face and waiting for the the loud musical moments to blow my nose. 8P

I missed the applause after solos that happens in live theater. But they were able to do things on film that couldn't be done onstage. The sewers!

I want to see it again! I want to OWN it NOW!
26th-Dec-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about taking my daughter to see it, but I'm wondering if it might be too intense for an 11-year-old. What do you think?
27th-Dec-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
It is much more intense than the stage play. The review by the director, etc today sez that's becausse of the emotion projected through the close-ups. There is also explicit portrayals of prostitutes and death of Gavroche who is a boy of about 10. Also some crude language by the men approaching the hookers and by the innkeeper and his wife.

Conflict on the barricade with lots of gunfire and all the student protesters are killed. I saw no children in the theater yesterday. Some older teens and the boy sitting next to me was about 16 and kept wiping at his face. The man on the other side of me held out until the barricade fight and then I could hear him sniffling.

You might want to see it alone first and judge for yourself but I think it might be too strong for someone that young.

Screenplay: http://www.universalpicturesawards.com/assets/lesmis/pdf/lesmiserables_screenplay.pdf
An example is page 28 and 29 song about the whores. Page 45 the songs by the innkeeper Thenardier & wife.

27th-Dec-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. I think you are right. It would be a little too intense for her. I'm not even sure that I'll go to see it - I hate crying in public!
27th-Dec-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I realized this morning that On Demand on Comcast has a whole lot of clips of the movie: BTS and 'Making of' sort of stuff that will give you a much better idea of what the film feels like. It is under 'Top Picks' and the subheading of Les Miserables.

As I recall my girls were 14 and 15 when we first saw the play in NY in 1990 - Ccan it really be 22 years ago!?

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