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|I think you are pretty much spot on... and more (spoilers)
Written by Allison OM
(12/30/2012 12:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My review (very very long, spoilers galore), penned by Sarah Hannah
Totally agree about Javert (did he bring down Stars a third or so!? He needed to nail that song and he didn't.) and I noticed the line you pointed out between Marius and Cosette too! I also though Seyfried was fine, which reviews did not agree with. I thought Jackman was mostly good, but also that he was uneven
I thought Marius a bit soft too, though I normally don't care much for empty chairs at empty tables and he nailed it. Can't speak for Eponine as this pregnant lady took a bathroom break during On My Own so that she wouldn't miss One Day More.
I was happy they mostly cut Beggars at the Feast, which I think would have been a bit much at that point.
I also liked the adding back in from the book-- the tooth-- and the grandfather, and the convent as well. (I thought the Pinky Ring was in the musical because I think I remember the line, "I know this. This was mine.") DH and I wondered about the elephant too-- it's been a long time since I read the book, and I wondered if Hugo had spent, like, a chapter or so talking about the elephant, and that's why it was included so clearly in the set. The added song in the carriage was "eh" at best.
In general, I thought there was a bit too much shaky camera and a few too many close ups especially in scenes where there were some cool sets that I didn't get a chance to look at before we were back in on someone's face. For instance, the opening scene was magnificent. More of that, please!
My other major criticism was on the barricade. I know it was supposed to be a rather sad little revolt that didn't go anywhere, but they didn't even make it much bigger than the one showed on stage. Have more than 10 guys, (or show that that there was other unrest that night elsewhere in the city), or the barricade becomes so pathetic as to make me lose some respect for the guys who died. I'd say showing 50 guys seems a little more on target. Still too small to have any success but at least to show that the idealistic college kids could get some support. (Again, I've forgotten the details from the book, so that may be an inaccurate request.)
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