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Date: 12/26/12 0:48 AM

Because we had our big family dinner a day early, it allowed us to see Les Mis on opening day. It turned out that we couldn't all go together, so the "boys" went in the morning and we "girls" went in the afternoon. I actually got to see DH in the parking lot as he left. He advised me to make sure we had hankies and boy, we needed them!

Our family are big Le Mis geeks. In fact yesterday we had a showdown between the 10th anniversary performances and the 25th, complete with a voting system and a spreadsheet. So we were primed and ready for the film. Hugh Jackman should just take his Oscar now. Oh my goodness.

Hope all you musical fans enjoy it as much as we did!

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Date: 12/26/12 0:53 AM

Can't wait to see it! I've seen the musical three times and have cried every time I've seen it.

I had the original London cast album that I wore out as an adolescent, so those versions of the songs are always the ones that I "hear" in my head and are what I tend to use as a yardstick for other casts.

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Date: 12/26/12 1:00 AM

Michelle - the way they recorded the singing "live" makes it very immediate and some how more intense. Russell Crowe is a very nuanced Javert and Ann Hathaway is amazing.

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Date: 12/26/12 3:53 AM

I have not seen the musical version, but in the fine 2000 French dramatic film, Javert is played beautifully (and surprisingly) by John Malkovich. Watch him briefly at about 13 minutes into this scene. It's the point at which Javert begins to realize his impossible position between the justice and the law. Not sung, but not bad.
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Date: 12/28/12 6:54 PM

Holy moly, I had no idea John Malkovich spoke French, and really well (I guess he'd have to to play opposite Depardieu and the like).

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Date: 12/28/12 8:11 PM

Dh and I saw the live production in London 10 years ago.

I knew the story, my Grade 7 teacher Mr. Dempster read it to us over the course of the year. Dh had no idea of the story line.

Tissues are a must in the theatre and we will take them when we go see the movie too.

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Date: 12/28/12 9:05 PM

Michelle - we read it in Grade 7, too. It was a little book with illustrations from I guess the 1935 movie. I remember it was particularly good for launching rubber bands from on the bus ride home.

My DH was also uninformed, but is now a massive fan. There are so many themes in it to appeal to pretty much everyone.

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Date: 12/28/12 9:35 PM

Making plans to go see Les Miserables on New Years Eve after supper at our local gourmet pizzeria.

We are both huge musical fans -- neither of us have seen the stage production of Les Miserables but we both took the book in school. My teacher was amazing and I remember how much I loved that English class. DH, on the other hand, had the opposite experience with a very bad teacher which made him have a strong dislike for the story.

Les Miserables is on our "short list" of musicals to see -- in the meantime we will enjoy the movie I'm sure.

I'm definitely a "cry-er" so I better take the better part of a box to the theatre.

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Date: 12/28/12 9:38 PM

I haven't seen the movie yet and I love musical theater, but I gotta tell you...I'd pay good money to sit in an audience and watch Hugh Jackman read the phone book.

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Date: 1/10/13 2:23 PM

Amazing grace

I hate ,did I say hate? well I hate musicals. This Les Mis version has never even come up on my radar to even consider. I saw a Phantom of the Opera production live in Munich and hated it...confirming my long held dislike for this mode of entertainment. I need to get my 90 year old Mother out so I thought this movie would be one to take her to. When I realized not ONE (well maybe there was one) word was spoken I wanted to get up and leave...but my Mother was happily ensconced in her chair so I would not be able to get out very easily. I stayed. After awhile I began to realize the singing was actually conveying messages that were more powerful in lots of ways than the spoken word. Music reaches places words do not and art reaches places too that cannot be tabulated. I knew the story but this portrayal was powerful.

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