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Les Mis

Just back from seeing Les Mis. As I said in my previous post, I knew nothing about it other than it was set in France (and, okay, I did recognize some of the songs from middle school choir). I'd come across a couple reviews which I perused but mainly went in without any preconceptions or expectations.

sugar_fey recommended taking tissues... I didn't take any, but thankfully I had a handy scarf that was able to act as Kleenex in a pinch. It's certainly a depressing tale, isn't it? Although I have to say that I was doing pretty well until the last five minutes or so. But by that time the rest of the theater was crying too, so I was in pretty good company.

For a six-thirty, Thursday-night showing, I wasn't expecting much of a crowd, but the theater was packed. The idiot behind me put his feet on the back of my chair a couple of times... I wouldn't care but these are rocker seats and I could feel the pressure. Thankfully he stopped the second time I pushed back. And the idiot next to me, who felt that he needed to comment on every single pre-movie commercial and who I was rather worried about continuing on into the movie, shut up once the lights went down. And it seemed like fewer morons than usual brought their little kids. Yay for parenting!

Also, I love this theater for how it's dealt with the cell phone issue, at least for full houses like this. The theater manager came in and, although he was very cheerful and friendly and polite, essentially stood there and waited for everyone to turn their phones off. Then he helpfully reminded the audience that ushers would be coming in several times during the movie 'to check on picture quality.' Then right before the movie started there was an on-screen message telling people that if they're caught with 'recording devices or cell phones' they 'may be asked to leave the theater immediately.' It's sad that we've had to come to that... but it was effective. I was sitting up near the top and didn't see anyone jacking around with a screen.
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One of the times I saw Avengers, there was a guy with a four-year-old boy in the row behind me. The kid spent the first twenty minutes kicking the back of my seat, asking his dad questions in a very loud voice, and running up and down the row of seats. I'd already seen the movie a couple of times, but OH MY GOD.

Thankfully, the dad seemed to realize the kid was simply not going to sit still, since they left right before everything in Stuttgart went down, but holy crap. I know it's probably judgey because I don't have kids, but if you know your kid isn't going to behave and disturb others, get a freaking sitter or wait until it's on Netflix.

...sorry, just needed to vent. I'm planning on seeing Les Mis this weekend and given how easy it is for movies to set me off crying, I'm definitely bringing an entire box of tissues. Were the dutch angles (slanted horizons in the background) as annoying as everybody is saying they are?
but if you know your kid isn't going to behave and disturb others, get a freaking sitter or wait until it's on Netflix.

I could not agree with you more. And if it's judgey, then all common sense/basic courtesy is judgey. Especially considering what we pay for movie tickets these days, letting your kid act like a freaking monkey in a theater should be a punchable offense.

Were the dutch angles (slanted horizons in the background) as annoying as everybody is saying they are?

Umm I can't say noticed anything about slanted horizons. *thinks back* Erm, nope. Obviously didn't make an impression on me :)
A lot of people tell me things I think are judgey because I'm childfree, actually. "If you had kids, you would understand that it's not that easy."

Bitch, I paid $12 for the ticket and $50 for the popcorn. If your kid wants to run around, there is a perfectly good ballpit at McDonald's down the street where such behavior is more than acceptable. I don't come into areas like that and insist children are the worst, do I? (I really don't, for the record)

**grumble** Why is empathy such a rare thing these days?
**grumble** Why is empathy such a rare thing these days?

Because these days our culture raises people to believe that they're all special little snowflakes, that they deserve a trophy for participation, that if they want something they deserve it, that if someone has something they want they're justified in taking it, that if something bad happens to them they're a victim, that if something feels good they should do it, and that their time/goals/lives are more important than anyone else's.

In short, they're selfish jackasses.
so....we're all Nice Guys.

But yeah, word to everything you just said. I'm going to drown my woes in chocolate and be depressed about the state of humanity. You're welcome to join me.
Now we just need some booze, an 80s flick, and maybe a dead body, and we could have the feminine Weekend at Bernie's story we've been secretly wanting all of our lives.

(no, none of those are connected)
I'm curious how the story came across to someone who wasn't familiar with it going in. I grew up with the musical and I read the book, so when I saw it I knew a lot of the songs off by heart and I knew exactly who was going to bite the dust. Did any of the story come as a surprise to you?
Surprise? Not really. I guess I didn't expect the story to drop off where it did... I thought there might be more resolution to the story of the rebellion, but then I don't know much French history. Oh and I guess Javert's suicide was kind of surprising.
The rebellion is pretty much what you saw in the film. It was crushed and most people died.

This is the most iconic Javert performance (the actor was from the original Australian production, incidentally :P). It made listening to Russel Crowe's singing a bit of a let down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pArHNypJ4zo
The rebellion is pretty much what you saw in the film. It was crushed and most people died.

Yeah, I guessed that. Pretty depressing, but then what I DO know about French history is pretty depressing ;) Plus, the title kind of says it all.

I didn't think Crowe was terrible, but then I compare all poor Musical-to-Film-Adaptation-Performances to Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia, every copy of which should be found and burned.
That period of French history ... well, every so often the barricades went up in Paris, and then got put down. This is after the main body of the Revolution but while the powers that be were still trying to put things back the way they had been as much as possible. Very depressing, lots of blood shed for not much result.

I adore the musical and have it pretty much memorized, and I was pretty satisfied with how they did the movie. One or two things I'd have changed, but still pretty good. (Main one: the duet with Fantine and the priest at the end? That's supposed to be a duet between Fantine and *Eponine*)