Did you see Les Miserables during the holiday week? As a long-time fan of the musical, I loved the movie when I saw it. But of course ya can't please everyone. Take, for example, Adam Lambert, the dude who rose to fame as the runnerup on American Idol.
He says the film “suffered massively” from “great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
This was all thanks to Twitter, of course. He tweeted that the film was “visually impressive” with “great emotional performances,” but he didn't like the singing.
WTF, dude? Though I may have had some issues with a couple of the actors they picked -- you can't say some of the leads, like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Samantha Barks, aren't veteran singers! There's no way in hell they were pretending as they sung their way through that movie.
Lambert may have found fame on a reality show competition, but Hugh Jackman, who played Jean Valjean, has won a Tony for his Broadway performances, and no one can deny the guy can sing. Samantha Barks played Eponine for the 25th Anniversary Concert for Les Miserables. And Anne Hathaway is a trained soprano who was part of the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus and performed at Carnegie Hall. And dear god, she kicked emotional ass in the movie.
Performing/singing for the film version of Les Miserables encompasses so much more than just belting out notes. They actually had to act, with the camera so up close to their faces that you could see their snot, tears, anguish, every wrinkle and line, in one long, heartbreaking shot.
Still kind of sounds like sour grapes to me -- I mean, he approved of half the casting! I'm not entirely sure why he'd say the rest were "pretending" to be singers. The criticism seems unnecessarily harsh -- although Lambert has musical talent for sure, he was known throughout his season of American Idol for shock value more than anything.
He continued to put his foot in his mouth: "And I do think it was cool they were singing live -- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," he added. "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."
What?! The whole singing live thing was the best part. The singing was distracting ... when the whole movie was about the rawness of the singing? Lambert either has no idea what he's talking about or just said all this to make headlines (well, damnit, it's working).
I guess the guy who does this:
Has the right to call the singers who do this "pretending"?:
Do you think Adam Lambert's criticism of Les Miserables was too harsh?
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