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Friday, 18 January 2013

Les Miserables...and not just the weather!

I've never seen Les Miserables on stage so I thought I'd venture out today to see the movie.

We went in at 11.30 am and came out at 2.30 pm. If you've seen it at the theatre, you probably would have had a decent interval for a drink or an overpriced ice-cream. No such respite at the cinema; we had to sit still all the way through. I didn't fall asleep but someone else did.

The grand finale was what I thought the whole movie would be like, so I was very glad when it eventually materialised on the screen. There are two singalong songs which I enjoyed without actually vocalising them, but I found most of the rest rather dirge-like and all the singing spoiled the story. There were ten people in the theatre audience!
It was beautifully produced, brilliantly acted and very mostly well sung. I don't think anyone has ever paid Russell Crowe for his singing voice.

I also didn't know what to expect because my history knowledge is poor and I thought there had only been ONE French Revolution.

Luckily when we came out the weather chaos hoped for by the media had not occurred oop north for a change and we drove home comfortably.
Now settled in the warmth of the snug to watch some Mastermind.

Cheers Gillian


Mary Ann said...

I haven't seen it for the same reasons... too long... too dirge-like in it's songs, and a very sad time in history.

carol said...

My daughter loved the stage production in London but cried - I took that as a signal to give it a miss. I don't like musicals much anyway and certainly not miserable ones!

love those cupcakes said...

Haven't seen any version and don't intend to (so the mister is going to the cinema on his own next week). Can't watch Mastermind (or University Challenge) as the dog is frightened by all the beeping. He does enjoy Country File, though!

helen tilston said...

I saw the stage production and found it too long and weary (all my friends loved and raved about it) I put it down to perhaps a bad day for me or that I do not like musicals preferring opera and classical concerts.
Hope your weekend is special
Helen xx

chillsider stitching and opinions said...

thanks for watching for me.