At 2/23/13 10:44 AM, stafffighter wrote:
At 2/23/13 10:18 AM, squidly wrote:
Anne Hathaway better get best supporting actress for her perfromance in Les Mis.So in your mind the 18th century French musical with an allstar cast is something other than oscar bait? Don't get me wrong here. I like Les Mis. I have never seen this version and I don't plan to. But you have Anne Hathaway playing a prostitute who cuts her hair and sings. All this in a year where no one played a Nazi.
It'd also be awesome if Les Mis gets best picture.
I swear to god, though, if that super Oscar Bait piece of crap Lincoln gets it...
Well, I like to think of it as an inevitable good rendition of a very good musical.
And uh, Les Mis: The Musical was written in 1980. It would truly be Oscar Bait if it were a direct adaptation of the book.
I've had this argument before, and while it may be oscar bait, it definitely rises above for the fact that all the actors, even the extras, constantly challenge themselves in some rather ridiculously far-fetched roles (Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe SINGING) and the ones who really stole the show are the unsung heroes - the ensemble was perfectly casted.
I think it really was just a well put together movie, though I understand the budget and the three big names (in a sea of talented nobodies, may I add) make it Oscar Bait.
It is still a good movie, and it still deserves every bit of praise it gets.
My only complaint was that the beginning was rather slow, some things in musicals on stage DO NOT translate to movies, that's why the beginning scenes just seemed to drag - how long is Hugh Jackman going to be on that altar trying to become a new man?
The movie really picks up during the second act, which I believe is possibly one of the best acts in musical history.
Props to the fact they didn't pick an "easy" musical, this is an extremely difficult and unforgiving musical which is almost entirely sung through and has a "miss the beat-lose the everything" tolerance, and the fact that these "spoiled movie actors" got it right and SANG ON CAMERA makes it just a wonderful achievement.
But yea, it's probably Oscar Bait.