Les Misérables - The play in the theatre was phenomenal. The movie was awful. It was long and boring.
Les Mis was the worst-edited
movie I've ever seen. No establishing shots. How did Fantine's head end up floating into Valjean's death scene? Bewildering lack of context. And a real lack of orienting the characters in space/setting/relation to each other. If I hadn't seen the show onstage, I would have had no idea how Eponine got shot.
I also would have had no idea what people were saying
. The sound editor should have mixed the multi-voice, multi-verse bits (like Eponine singing over Cosette & Marius's love song) so that we could actually distinguish one voice and phrase when it was important, instead of pushing all the volume up equally all the time.... GAH!
And holding on someone's face for an entire song is moronic. In the theater, you can let your eye wander during a song if you want. No such luck in the film. The movie medium would have been better employed *adding* to the song by, for example, visualizing in flashback what Fantine was singing about. But to plunk the camera down in front of a singer's face and leave it there? That's some lazy, unimaginative filmmaking. Yeah, I get that we want some close-ups to show how much emoting the actors are doing. Fine. But do something else from time to time!
Basically, this looked to me like a film directed and edited by people who had no idea how to direct or edit.
Whew, I've been holding on to that for a while.