I must admit that while I'm a big fan of the musical Les Miserables, the movie version sucks compared to the show. Bad casting is the main reason, as well as butchering the original show. But why would you ruin my favorite song, Master of the House by singing it with a French accent. The only Frenchman in the movie to have a French accent is Thenardier. Good Grief. And casting Russell Crowe as Javert was just completely wrong. He was awful.
Meanwhile, the movie Rent almost completely cut out the poor. The poor in the play have a bigger role. Of course, it wasn't filmed in New York City which was a crime in and of itself, because New York is unique. But why would you cut out the poor? Poor are everywhere and in every time. You cut out the poor.
I was very upset by the phantom in the Phantom of the Opera movie wearing gloves during The Music of the Night, but that seems to be the only thing they did wrong. And of course, that's because Andrew Lloyd Webber produced the movie.
the movie version of Chicago keeps the secret of the play and that's probably why people are still seeing it. I'm not going to give away the secret, but there is one.
Sweeney Todd movie kills my favorite songs in the show, actually. But I really loved the realistic kills, especially when they fell to the basement. I left the theatre with a huge smile on my face and I can only think people thought I was a psychopath. I will say the ending doesn't make sense. And I mean the very ending of the movie, without giving it away. I'm sorry but I prefer George Hearn and Angela Lansbury to Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. thankfully, you can still find it on video if you like.
I liked Into the Woods movie. I thought it worked well, though admittedly I missed the Narrator and the song Ever After.
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I actually did enjoy the movie of Les Miserables. True, Russell Crowe acts much better than he sings, but the movie did manage to hold the story together and I liked the bits and references that were more loyal to the book than the show is. As the show is in English anyway, I don't think a French accent is that critical.
Seeing a show and a movie is a very different experience anyhow, it's not always easy to compare them. The movie is able to use the scenery and cinematography to make the settings more authentic, but seeing actors live on stage has a magic of its own. I'm going to see Les Miserables in London very soon, but I've only seen it before on stage in Israel, in Hebrew. It was a great show.
On Broadway I did see Phantom of the Opera shortly before seeing the movie (2004 version). I enjoyed both, more than I enjoyed the book. I guess the music for me was critical for enjoying it, without it it's like any story you have in operas without the music: melodramatic and exaggerated.
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