Monday, January 14, 2013

Tears at Les Miserables tonight



Tonight I watched the premiere of Les Miserables, the movie, brought in by Solar Entertainment.

Actually, the real premiere was supposed to be earlier and somewhere else; but a technical glitch ended up making tonight the first gala showing in Manila.

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SERENDIPITY OVER A MOVIE

I wasn’t even supposed to watch this premiere. I have a busy few weeks ahead; so from early afternoon, I’d already made arrangements to get my usual takeaway of hummus and tabbouleh from Kasbah for dinner and to stay home and catch up on some work tonight.

Then a friend invited me to watch Les Miserables today. I’d just read how Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway had run away with awards at the Golden Globes last night, so I suddenly became interested in the idea of watching it on the big screen.

MORE TIME ON AIRPLANES 
THAN IN MOVIE HOUSES



Lots of people may be shocked, but this is the first time in three years that I’ve actually been to a moviehouse for a proper movie.

Yup, I’m on an airplane way more than I’m in a movie house, and that's the only way I ever get to watch movies. I’m even on a cruise or on a train journey more than I’m in a movie house. In the last three years, I've been on six cruises and only two movies so far.

ANOTHER SAFARI 
BEFORE ANOTHER MOVIE HOUSE



And it looks like I'm going on another safari before I find myself in front of the big screen again. Judging from my track record and complete lack of leisure time, another movie house evening won't be happening this year. Whereas another safari will be happening this year. Hopefully, even two.

So I was unprepared for the assault on the senses of a large-screen movie. Wow. Talk about an enjoyable experience. My companions kept chuckling at how amazed I was at everything – but it truly was practically a new sensation. And a real treat.

HIGHLIGHTS OF LES MISERABLES

LES MIZ, THE MUSICAL


Now the highlights of Les Miz, the movie, in my humble opinion.

I'm not really a big musical fan. Personally, I find most musicals too emotional for my tastes. There's only so much I can take of big love songs in one go.

But Les Miz is one of the few musicals I truly like, and I watch it wherever city I happen to find it playing. One of my happiest Les Miz opportunities was sometime back in London. There was an excellent production going, and I was able to get tickets via Lastminute.com for 10 pounds each.

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AMAZING PERFORMANCES

In the movie version, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are amazing. Who knew either of them could sing so well? And Anne Hathaway, who I forever remember from The Devil Wears Prada (which I enjoyed), certainly floored me and everyone else with her acting.



Her version of "I dreamed a dream" was so different from the versions you see in musicals because there's none of the opera-like belting out of song. Instead, it's a controlled and very intense clip that makes the effect more powerful, in one sense. I really liked her version.

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INTIMACY OF THE THEATER 
VS. INTIMACY OF A MOVIE

That said, the effect of watching a musical on stage and watching a movie version are so different.

It's all a matter of taste, but overall I found the musical more powerful just because it's live and intimate. And real, of course.




But at the same time, when it came to the solo singing, the ability of the camera to zoom in on every minute detail of the singer's performance, and the lack of necessity to belt out a song and to be able to instead give a more real performance, was extremely powerful and enjoyable.

The movie version also has an advantage as far as cinematography and set design is concerned. Les Miz the movie certainly made use of some amazing technicals to come up with a visually appealing and pretty fast-paced movie for something running at three hours.

It's a feast of color in appropriate places and 90% of it is captivating enough to keep your attention.

AN ENJOYABLE EVENING



Overall, I think everyone at the premiere enjoyed the movie.

Especially when the unlucky Eponine came on with the song "On My Own," there was not a dry eye in the house. Even I -- I'm so not the type to shed any tears over unrequited love -- found myself reaching for a box of tissues in my bag.

An enjoyable film with several truly great moments. Go see it on the big screen. And make sure you bring something or someone to cry on.







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