Les Miserables

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:42 pm

Arctic, I think if you revisited it, you wouldn't necessarily be wrong, but I still hold that it's a pretty well put together piece of cinema. It's been so long since I've seen it; I'd be interested in going to watch it again in light of what you've said. You have to let me know what you think of the musical! It really is phenomenal, despite some of the things that I've said. :P
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:29 pm

Saw it last night...

... I have no words ...

except...

It was AWESOME
The cast was AWESOME
The music was AWESOME
The direction was AWESOME
The visuals were AWESOME

AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:05 pm

INORITE?
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:32 pm

INORITE?
One of the things I liked best were the subtle things they changed to make it different from the stage musical but not in a way that was distracting. For example, in the stage productions I've seen, the story opens with Jean Valjean working in some kind of rock quarry as he serves his prison sentence. In this move, he's with a few dozen convicts doing forced labor - as they haul a damaged naval warship into a drydock with ropes during a storm.

I almost drowned in the cool right there.

The same story, but with enough of a twist that it still felt like I was seeing something new.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:18 pm

Yeah, I really liked that opening scene. Some callbacks to movies like Ben Hur, but also the symbolism of the french "might" being moved and hauled by those suffering under it.
And Javert looking down from above during the storm. Way cool. Symbolism and Coolness.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 pm

Ah good point I hadn't put it together that way. Coolness doubled.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:37 pm

So much symbolism and running parallels. Incredibly careful writing.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby harrelsonm » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:40 pm

I've been debating wheter or not to see it. I love a great story but I dislike musicals and things that leave me feeling depressed!

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:38 pm

So much symbolism and running parallels. Incredibly careful writing.
One part I really liked was when Valjean is singing "Bring Him Home." On the next building is painted a large advertisement with a human eye at the center of it. While he's singing part of the song, the eye is right over his shoulder as if symbolizing God looking at him. Not very subtle, but that image is present throughout the barricade scenes and that's the only time it's really emphasized.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby TheWampaKing » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:25 pm

I really really really really liked it. And this is from someone that's never liked a musical beside nightmare before Christmas. I also had never even heard of it unt I saw the trailers for it. It was quite tasty
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:46 pm

One part I really liked was when Valjean is singing "Bring Him Home." On the next building is painted a large advertisement with a human eye at the center of it. While he's singing part of the song, the eye is right over his shoulder as if symbolizing God looking at him. Not very subtle, but that image is present throughout the barricade scenes and that's the only time it's really emphasized.
Never noticed that. Good catch!
I really really really really liked it. And this is from someone that's never liked a musical beside nightmare before Christmas. I also had never even heard of it unt I saw the trailers for it. It was quite tasty
?Yeah, they didn't really build it like the standard musical, so I hear a lot of people saying, myself included, that they don't really like musicals, but they loved this.
I've been debating wheter or not to see it. I love a great story but I dislike musicals and things that leave me feeling depressed!
Up to you, really. Like I said above, people who don't like musicals have been liking this. As for feeling depressed, this movie has some very downer parts, but very uplifting parts as well. It's not just one trip down (I'm looking at you, Boy in the Striped Pajamas).
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArcticFox » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:41 pm

Up to you, really. Like I said above, people who don't like musicals have been liking this. As for feeling depressed, this movie has some very downer parts, but very uplifting parts as well. It's not just one trip down (I'm looking at you, Boy in the Striped Pajamas).
"Come with me
where chains will never bind you.
All your grief,
at last, at last behind you."

The only song I've ever heard that can make me feel simultaneously happy and sad.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:05 pm

Right in the feels.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ScotchRobbins » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:08 pm

Right in the feels.
I think that was the intended design. Might see it to see if I can turn off my feels without being ignorant to the movie.

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:14 pm

FOR SCIENCE!

But, seriously, don't try turning off the feels. Let dem rivers flow.
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