WARNING: Spoilers below. Probably best to avoid if you haven’t seen the movie.
- Hugh Jackman carries the movie like a French convict carrying a giant mast with a wet flag on it. Both his singing and acting are amazing. My respect for him as an actor increased a thousandfold. It was also very noble of him not to pop his Wolverine claws on Javert.
- Russell Crowe is terrible. You’d think the casting director would check if someone could sing before casting them in a musical. Also, I know he’s capable of terrific acting, but in this, he comes across as vaguely autistic. When he’s singing, he holds his arms straight out in front of him like he’s doing an impression of Donkey Kong. Even his character’s poignant suicide lacks dignity. In one of the worst directorial decisions in the movie, the sight of his body hitting the concrete in the dam is unintentionally hilarious. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one sniggering.
- A bit too much all-up-in-your grill cam for my taste. Would have liked a bit more variety in the camera work, like in the Master of the House scene. Read the rest of this entry »