Les Misérables

I watched “Les Misérables” again. How long has it been since I first saw this movie, about seven years? My strongest wish as I saw it again was that someone other than Russell Crowe had played the role of Javert. Listening to him singing was more difficult than listening to Pierce Brosnan singing in “Mamma Mia!” It’s too bad that Marion Cotillard didn’t have a part. Anne Hathaway went through dangerous weight loss for her role. I thought her first scene was moving. I usually enjoy watching Hugh Jackman in his movies. I think he shows a lot of talent. I’d like to see what he did in “The Boy from Oz.” I thought Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen were funny. I can’t remember any of the songs. The movie went on for too long, and you could make jokes about Javert. Director Tom Hooper’s two previous films were “The Damned United” and “The King’s Speech.” I thought they were two very good films. Hooper also directed “The Danish Girl” in 2015, although I never saw that one. I kept thinking about how much I missed Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Gene Kelly. When I went out to work, it was terribly hot. I saw a car with a broken window. A large tree branch had fallen on it. As I returned home, I stopped for a hamburger and listened to the A’s game on the radio. After Petit gave up a run, giving the Angels a 2-1 lead, I was resigned to the fact that it was a loss with Tampa Bay moving ahead of the A’s in the standings. However, Matt Chapman came through with a home run, and it became a big 3-2 win. I was hoping to see another home game at the Coliseum on Wednesday. Some of the people who died on September 26 include Daniel Boone (1820), Bessie Smith (1937), Bela Bartok (1945), Hugh Lofting (1947), Clara Bow (1965), Anna Magnani (1973), Betty Carter (1998), Richard Mulligan (2000), Robert Palmer (2003), Paul Newman (2008), and Gloria Stuart (2010). Today is a birthday for Linda Hamilton (63), Olivia Newton-John (71), Bryan Ferry (74), and Ken McCord (77). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 26, the film version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened at the United Artists Theatre in Westwood in 1975. In 1986, “’Crocodile’ Dundee” premiered. In 2003, Robert Palmer died of cardiac arrest in a Paris hotel room.

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1 Response to Les Misérables

  1. It has been like a few weeks since I saw this movie. This year, I had to buy a 2nd copy since I wore out the first copy I had of it. Yes, you are talking to an obsessive Les Mis fan.

    I first saw the film December 2012, and I had a hard time watching it. I did not know it was a tragedy. Once I picked up on it, I was confused and shocked. I never knew a musical could be tragic. At the end, I really did not know if I liked Les Mis. However in March 2013, something told me I had to give the film a 2nd chance- I was able to calm down knowing it was tragic: that time I was able to see so much more- the rest is history.

    I have seen Les Mis in film, on stage five times and the 25th concert film. Still not sick and tired of it. It has been six years since I became a massive fan of the musical- not immune to it. I am an emotional wreck with Les Mis: no matter how I listen to it (which includes the soundtrack), I am in tears.

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