Which Former Idol Contestant Is Not A Fan Of The ‘Les Miz’ Movie?

Being a little bit of a musical theatre vet, I love/hate when great stage musicals become movies. Back in the early days at MGM, the studio was really able to capture the essence of song and dance on film with their stellar old Hollywood stars and insane triple threat training to make those movies not only magical but classic as well. In my opinion, the only cross-over musical movie to capture that same essence was Chicago and even then, it missed a few key ingredients that make the stage version so much better. The latest film to take the leap of faith in this genre is the epic, Les Miserables which I have yet to see. But, after reading what a former Idol contestant had to say, I may wait until it’s out to rent.

One of the above former Idols took to their Twitter to discuss their taste for a major of the actors who were cast in the film. They tweeted, “Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances… But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” OUCH! But, did they speak the truth? Without A-List actors involved, it’s hard to sell such a massive film. Could they have survived at the box office by just hiring Broadway stars or really talented, not famous singers?

If you guessed, Glambert himself, mister Adam Lambert, then you are correct. Adam is also a veteran of the musical theatre stage which actually gives his rather honest (and harsh) opinion some validity. But, his critique didn’t just stop there. He continued on by giving praise to Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tviet for their performances but slammed the film for not dubbing over studio vocals and instead, using the actors’ live vocal for the finished product- a very, very rare find in films these days.

“With that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals,” wrote the singer, adding, “I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.” Lambert continued, “The industry will say ‘these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live’ but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so True!” he concluded. Have you seen Les Miserables? What did you think of the film? Were the cast vocals distracting or did you find it added to the overall emotion of the film. Sound off with your thoughts and comments below.

  • Dharmashark

    Adam is ignoring the fact that with any “industry vehicle”, casting unknowns (even if they can sing) is incredibly risky. It wasn’t a given that Les Mis was going to be a box-office hit without the weight that Ann Hathaway and Hugh Jackman (et. al)’s casting gave it.

    Yes, “sweetening the vocals” would make for a great cast album, but this film has to deliver more than pretty music.

  • Paul

    It’s strange that a MT vet can’t clearly see the difference in doing a movie adaption with live vocals, Samantha Banks said in an interview that the hardest thing was not to over act or sing things because you have to do that on stage even a whisper is not actually a whisper. So if you’re going to do live vocals but have it as a movie the singing can’t just be belt this and this and this, there has to actually be more of talk/sing stuff that they did to make it more believable.
    Personally it doesn’t bother me at all if the person can act their way through a song and make me not think about the fact that it could’ve been sung better and the only person who couldn’t do that was Russell.
    I disagree about the vocals needing to be sweetened as well this all made it so real,I felt like I was in this time of depression and had the vocals been sweetened or polished it would’ve pulled me out of it (this is why I disliked the Phantom movie)

  • Lucas

    Worth every penny I paid watching Les miz ! Great acting and singing IMHO ..

  • JeanLuc Couture

    wow. i haven’t seen it, but live singing in a movie definitely makes me want to go see it.
    I had read an article about Adam’s Tweets, but it was not made clear that the issue he had was with live singing (or at least i didn’t notice that). I’ve always wondered what they would sound like singing for real, and here’s a good chance to see….

    I bet if J-Hud had sung “And I am Telling You…” live in the movie i would have loved it WAAAAAY more than I already do, although, with that vein popping in her throat she was really singing it to make it look as believable as possible

    can anyone tell me any other musicals where this was done?

  • Paul

    From Wikipedia:
    Although this unique live recording method has been stated as “a world’s first” by the creative team, several film musicals have used this method before, including early talkies, as lip-syncing wasn’t perfected, the 1975 20th Century Fox film At Long Last Love and more recently in the 1995 adaptation of The Fantasticks and in the 2001 film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.