quote: Thank me later
I did not grow up with the soundtrack. I did not see the television specials. I have not seen the thing on Broadway. Essentially, I am someone who was in the dark about what would happen and how the story would end.
I can deal with musicals. However, this could more accurately be characterized as an opera
Probably, but this is pretty standard for a stage musical.
Every word was sung, which often made things hard to understand
Understandable. Part of it was because of the way it was sung, though.
Frankly, I did not find that the music was all that magnificent
Once again, this was due to how it was sung in the movie.
There were several duds.
Could you name them? Or at least who sung them? I'm genuinely curious.
I'm not touching the story - realizing that someone had to condense a thick book into a 2.5 hour movie and that some corners would have to be cut. But, had I not known that, I would have declared it ridiculous.
Not necessarily ridiculous, but sped up. You also probably missed some story elements through not understanding the singing. Also, the story itself isn't the most important thing. The main plot is:
1. Valjean was put in prison for stealing bread and breaking a window. After trying to escape, his sentence was extended to 19 years.
2. At the start, he's released on parole.
3. After being turned away by everybody, the bishop lets him stay the night. Valjean steals from the bishop, but the bishop pardons him, "buying his soul for God"
4. Valjean remakes himself into a businessman in a backwater town.
5. Fantine, one of Valjean's workers, is fired unjustly (or not). This occurs at the same time Inspector Javert has been sent from Paris to help out Valjean.
6. Fantine's arrested, Valjean learns that he was the "cause," causing him to want to atone for this by helping her and her daughter.
7. Javert tricks Valjean into revealing himself as a parole violator. Valjean eludes him and makes his way to Paris, after freeing Cosette (Fantine's daughter) from servitude.
8. Valjean once again remakes himself as a businessman connected to a Parisian convent.
9. A bunch of idealistic university students decide to start a revolution. They stupidly decide to use the death of their only protector as their signal to rebel.
10. Cosette and Marius fall in love for no good reason. Eponine, the pretty girl (always portrayed by an actress prettier than the Cosette actress), decides to help Marius get together with Cosette depite being in love with Marius.
11. Valjean learns of Marius' love for Cosette and decides to act as his protector during the rebellion.
12. Javert goes undercover and is captured by the university students. After Valjean saves the revolutionary leader, he's given control over Javert.
13. Valjean frees Javert. All the university students but Marius die horribly.
14. Valjean saves Marius by dragging him through the sewers. Javert meets Valjean in the sewers. Javert's worldview is rocked when he learns that Valjean, a criminal, is a good man. Javert kills himself.
15. Valjean sets Marius up with Cosette. He goes into hiding again.
16. Marius learns of Valjean's heroic deeds and reunites Cosette with Valjean.
17. His redemption complete, Valjean dies and goes to heaven.
The whole revolution thing is basically just a background.
One last thing. I hated the characters played by Sascha Cohen and Helen Bonham Carter. What were they? Comic relief?
Yes. Works better on the stage.
I'll post a thorough review soon.
ETA: I'm not nuts, this is just the only musical that I really, really like.
I can barely tolerate most other musicals. I think every copy of PotO should be burned.
This post was edited on 12/27 at 12:09 am