I Screamed A Scream

I am just home after watching the film ‘Les Miserables’ and I had to abandon my car at the cinema car park because I cried so much and for so long that my lenses went all cloudy and it wasn’t safe for me to drive home. I heard one half of the couple who sat next to me in the cinema complain to the other, “I can’t hear it because she keeps screaming crying.”

I have to declare an interest in saying how bloominflippin’ brilliant it was because I have already seen the stage show six times and would go again tomorrow. There are two lines in the story that deliver a kick straight to my tear ducts – ‘she was never mine to keep’ and ‘health is a garden for the young’ both sung by Jean Valjean.

So now I have confessed to being an aficionado and knowing every note and word of every song here’s my verdict on what the big screen did to my all time favourite melodrama.

Russell Crowe – miscast. He popped up everywhere singing off key and looking scared in his eyes. It seemed he was asking himself the question “Am I any good in this film?”  every time he sang.  He gives good precipice walking, though.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Cater as the Thernardiers- they were a celebrity turn and too pantomime. Funny without being witty they were a disappointment.

Ann Hathaway – gurny. I just can’t forgive Ann Hathaway for what she did to Emma Morley in the film ‘One Day’. As Fantine she seemed to be thinking ‘I am really good in this’ every time she sang.  It would be big fun if  her and Kiera Knightley were dispatched to some teeny weeny theatre above a pub to take part in an up yourself competition.

Amanda Seyfried –  The girl is all eyeball and she has a budgie voice

Samanatha Bark – astonishingly good for an unknown who only a couple of years ago was a reject on the BBC Maria-Hunt (Sound of Music) talent show.  And what a teeny weeny waist, I judged it to be about the same size as the opening of the popcorn container on my lap.

Eddie Redmayne – convincing, powerful and certainly a superstar in the making. A brains and bod blend, he looks like he’d be great in bed but would read in there, too.

Isabelle Allen – sweet child……. but surely  too well fed to be the waif Cosette?

Mwah Mwah Mwah Hugh Jackman who may not have stormed the barricade but certainly stormed this super-fan of Les Mis.

Having picked over the performances in the film of Les Miserables, in total I give it ten million out of ten.





10 comments to I Screamed A Scream

  • Julie

    I saw and it and during “I dreamed a dream” the man next to me decided to collect his popcorn, bags and coat and stroll off out of the cinema. The seats were “mountain goat” high so he had a long climb down in the dark rustling as he went. I need to see it again as it was 9.9 out of 10. The puzzle for me was why Hugh Jackman appeared to singhis first song with anIrish accent which was very odd. Once I got over that it was perfect.

  • Joanne

    All I can say is doesn’t every woman need an Eddie Redmayne whoever he is? I’m off to Google him.

  • I have to see this. Everyone keeps singing the songs at work and I’m feeling left out.

  • Glenda Willis

    Oh Fran you must go. It is on every half hour, every day and at every cinema in every town so you have no excuse not to go.


  • Glenda Willis

    Message for Joanne: Eddie Redmayne is an Old Etonian although I thought he sounded like an Old Harrovian. He is lovely but a bit young for me. I will stick with Hugh Jackman.

  • Joanne

    Hi Glenda, I googled him and I know him now. He’s the Birdsong actor. Did you know that Hugh Jackman’s wife is 13 years older than him so don’t rule Eddie R out just yet!

  • Glenda Willis

    I’ve just been to see it again – 11am showing. I went with a friend that has on ‘Orange’ phone so only cost £3.25. I must save up for the DVD.

    Interesting to read what Joanna says about HJ’s wife. However, I am aother ?? years older than her. Also, I prefer slightly older men than younger ones.

    Anna: Sorry to purloin your blog. xx

  • I won’t comment as such because I’m not a fan of musical films, or musicals in general (I got shouted at once in the library for saying I went to see Mamma Mia, but didn’t like it) but I do agree with your observation about Ann Hathaway and Keira Knightly.

    *slinks away …*

  • Sarah davis

    It was filmed at the royal naval college it Greenwich close to where I live! But I’m not really a musical fan although lots of my friends love it.

  • Julie, maybe that bloke he was so overcome with emotion he had to get out of the cinema before he broke down?

    Joanne, you are in for a treat.

    Fran, sing ‘On My Own’ because you are if you haven’t seen Les Mis!

    Karen, it’s not a musical – it’s an epic emotional journey

    Sarah, nope. That reference to Greenwich didn’t burst my Les Mis bubble.

    Anna May x