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    #125473

    A lot of people (including myself) were/are unhappy with the way that Tom Hooper directed Les Miserables, and many people (including myself) dislike the film for that reason.

    Who do you think should have directed Les Miserables?

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    Personally, I loved Les Miserables amidst its flaws. But I guess that Steven Spielberg would’ve done a great job with it.

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    Direction could have definitely been better, but the bigger problem is the fact that Les Mis is an opera.  In order for it to work as a movie, they needed to open up the story to give the film some narrative elements that exist outside the music.  

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    Direction could have definitely been better, but the bigger problem is the fact that Les Mis is an opera.  In order for it to work as a movie, they needed to open up the story to give the film some narrative elements that exist outside the music.  

    Maybe, thought that wouldn’t solve issues on it’s own. “Rent” is the same opera/musical format as Les Mis, and the attempts to open it up were a disaster.

    This might sound like a strange choice, but my vote would be Brad Bird.  

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    See..my problem with REnt is that they DIDN”T open it up enough.

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    Maybe tackling the Les Miz story without the music? The music for me was the worst part of it. 

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    Maybe tackling the Les Miz story without the music? The music for me was the worst part of it. 

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    Personally, I loved Les Miserables amidst its flaws. But I guess that Steven Spielberg would’ve done a great job with it.

    I wouldnt say I LOVED Les Mis, but it was certainly worth the watch. I’d be ok with Spielberg. Also, the guy didnt direct the film which defeated The Social Network, which is another reason why the man is a Directing God.

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    [quote=”tyman21″]Personally, I loved Les Miserables amidst its flaws. But I guess that Steven Spielberg would’ve done a great job with it.

    I wouldnt say I LOVED Les Mis, but it was certainly worth the watch. I’d be ok with Spielberg. Also, the guy didnt direct the film which defeated The Social Network, which is another reason why the man is a Directing God.

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    Les Miz was one of those rare movies that I both hate and love equally the same. I hate that every square inch of the movie was all singing, how it was like three hours long, how it was inconsistent and how it was sloppily put together, but I loved the performances, the set pieces/costumes, and the singing just makes some sequences just so much more epic (I couldn’t’ve asked for a much better “Do You Hear the People Sing?” number). Also, I don’t understand what you mean by the last part of the statement.

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    Maybe tackling the Les Miz story without the music? The music for me was the worst part of it. 

    Yikes!  No way.  The last thing the world needs is another non-musical adaptation of Les Mis.

    Movie musicals are my favorite genre.  I have incredibly mixed feelings on Les Mis.  There are some moments that I think are brilliantly done, but other moments where I cringe.  Surprisingly, some moments that I thought were awful during my first viewing ended up being far more successful the second time around, and moments I loved the first time around made me cringe during repeated viewings.

    I won’t get into specifics, because I have a lot of feelings about it.  Overall, I applaud Tom Hooper for taking a lot of risks.  Some of the risks worked for me…  Others did not.  I appreciate the fact that it wasn’t a “safe” adaptation (which a lot of movie musicals tend to do.)  

    At the end of the day (ha!  get what I did there?), two opinions I have about the movie are unwavering:

    1. I’m thrillied that very, little was cut from the musical.
    2. The editing is atrocious and kills so many moments. 

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    [quote=”babypook”]

    [quote=”tyman21″]Personally, I loved Les Miserables amidst its flaws. But I guess that Steven Spielberg would’ve done a great job with it.

    I wouldnt say I LOVED Les Mis, but it was certainly worth the watch. I’d be ok with Spielberg. Also, the guy didnt direct the film which defeated The Social Network, which is another reason why the man is a Directing God.

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    Les Miz was one of those rare movies that I both hate and love equally the same. I hate that every square inch of the movie was all singing, how it was like three hours long, how it was inconsistent and how it was sloppily put together, but I loved the performances, the set pieces/costumes, and the singing just makes some sequences just so much more epic (I couldn’t’ve asked for a much better “Do You Hear the People Sing?” number). Also, I don’t understand what you mean by the last part of the statement.[/quote]

    I too have some of the same thoughts about Les Mis. Rather than “love hate” I’d call it “Meh and Hmmm!” (Have you ever seen the Umbrellas of Cherbourg?) I was almost indifferent to it at the time, were it not that it was directed by Tom Hooper!! Did I ever laugh when Les Mis scored all of those Oscar noms…Mwa-hahahahaaa!

    He and Fincher both have the ‘music/video’ background. Fincher may have been a terrific choice to direct. He may have even won, as a “makeup” Oscar for his Kane-ish masterpiece, TSN.

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    I’d love to see what Fincher would have done with it. Also curious what take J. A. Bayona would have had–he did a fantastic job staging The Impossible, which is also an emotional story about people swept up in events out of their control.

     

    It’s funny–I thought Hooper made some fantastic decisions in terms of story structure and clarity. And I may be in a minority, but the live singing concept worked for me (if only everyone had been a competent singer…) But when it came to actually staging some things, he was too often a train wreck. What he did to “Master of the House”, for example, is a travesty. It’s supposed to be a boisterous singalong drinking song, not a bunch of unconnected “comic” vignettes. And the Santa Claus thing, ugh. And if ever there were a time to do a close-up long take, it’s during “Bring Him Home”, but instead he chose to have Hugh Jackman wandering aimlessly around on a bad set. SMH.   

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    LES miserables was my favorite film of 2012 if it won best picture it would of stood out unlike Argo and the hurt locker the kings speech was my favorite film of 2010 along with toy story 3 so I thought he did a great job directing I am sure there would of been a better director but I thought he was excellent

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    Thats why you should see musicals les mis a lot before juding as music is what its for i really can tell no one here seen it on stage or musical to not understand the story and like it more than forgettable argo hope not another typical oscar eyes only win best film. If directored differently wouldn’t have live singing extra bad dialog forgettable acting it had faults feel they had hard time casting epoine and samatha was the last hope shes good but acting wasn’t top (compared to anne and hugh course).

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    Les Miserables was my least favorite BP nominee last year. It’s a shame we never got the full review from Roger Ebert as he seemed to hate it as well.

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