American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis.
It made him crazy!
“Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It’s an opera. Hollywood’s movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority.
“I do think it was cool they were singing live, but with the cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals…The singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.
“The industry will say ‘these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live,’ but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh, but it’s true!”
Yikes! Quelle fromage!
Fortunately, in expressing his distaste for the project, Lambert did single out some exceptions.
He thought Anne Hathaway was breathtaking and also liked the singing of Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit. And he enjoyed the performances of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
OK, that pretty much leaves Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and the little girl.
Well, I agree that Jackman’s singing became an uncomfortable bray at times, but he’s definitely a singer. I also have to side with the argument that Russell Crowe wasn’t vocally stupendous.
But I felt most of the music was well served, and the live-singing shtick worked well for the story.
And as the film divides people even more than the stage show, it’s making a fortune, so bring on the extreme reactions.