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.