The singing voice is simply one of the most valuable gifts a person has. When used correctly, it has the ability to be a powerful emotive element that mesmerizes and entrances. The beauty of having songs in a play or film is that it adds layers to the story and characters through meaningful lyrics and the connection with the raw emotional mood of the singer belting out haunting and soulful melodies. Singing for me conveys in a way more sensually than normal speech can due to the augmentation of tone and rhythm used in the singing voice; the result for me is often magical.
Thus unsurprisingly, musicals are something that I adore. The collections of songs in musicals are usually very compelling and powerful complements to the storyline and feel of the characters’ state of mind. The element of live singing is the most exciting part for me as it really brings across a state of fragility and realism that is endearing. It is this live element that makes me skeptical of film adapted musical theatre productions, as I always felt that they can never capture the feel of a live performance. But then again, I am comparing two different forms of performances. No doubt films can also deliver more on other elements that stage performances have limitations too, such as special effects, location and revised takes.
But the upcoming film adaptation of Les Miserables seems to be an exception, and I am caught up in the fanfare leading up to its release because of
1) The incredible talents signed onboard – Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Eddie Redmayne
2) There’s Eddie Redmayne (Pillars of the Earth, Burberry Model, My Week With Marilyn) in there and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter) ! And more importantly….
3) The film uses LIVE SINGING to accompany the acting instead of the usual pre recordings!
Les Miserables Movie Live Featurette
The use of live singing while filming is truly exciting news for me! Though I have no idea what the outcome is going to be like, the snippets of behind the scenes production and cast interviews on the subject as seen above all sounds and looks pretty good. I’ll leave the talking and selling of the movie to the cast in the video, if they fail to raise your adrenaline and set your heart fluttery then well… my “starpower” sure ain’t gonna do zilch either!
Les Miserables Poster
This film adaptation of the successful and beloved stage production Les Miserables, comes from director Tom Hooper who last brought us the award winning title The King’s Speech (2010). The first poster of the film is out and it looks amazing! I loved how the studio kept it simple and just tried to stay as true to the poster art of the original stage production as possible. By doing so it really connected with original fans of the musical – like meee – and made it that more relatable. Am loving the choice of the child actress in the poster, just love her blue eyes and resemblance to the girl in the original musical poster🙂 Looking forward to seeing this one on the big screen come Christmas this December!
Lastly, catch Anne Hathaway’s singing voice in the movie’s official trailer below.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. (Taken from the movie’s FB Page)
[Picture source: Les Miserables The Musical Phenomenon FB Page]