Top-notch ensemble cast, legendary producer, innovative director, unparalleled music. What more could you ask for? It was every bit worth the wait and more. The favorite tunes were all there, and they even added some new bits and pieces here and there. Including, if I might spoil it, a brand new piece written just for the movie (Suddenly).
I’m no film critic, so I won’t do such a thing as to give a score or a rating. But the movie truly moved me. Although there were moments that I wish the singing was done better or differently, those moments paled in comparison to the grandeur of the experience as a whole.
Please, go see it this holiday season. Do yourself this favor: you won’t regret it.
Exciting stuff! Although strangely enough, having my own piece called “gorgeous” by my hero wasn’t the most moving experience I took away. Rather, it was all the comments from other musicians who I’ve never met, yet loved my piece. Their kind words are what push me to keep composing.
Or, if you prefer,
Personally I’m more drawn to the 25th anniversary, mostly because I am more familiar with the cast: Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, etc. But whatever your preference is, if you’re a Les Mis fan (who isn’t?), you’re probably just as excited as I am for the new ensemble cast movie that’s coming out Christmas day. As if Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman weren’t exciting enough, the movie’s directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and produced by Cameron Mackintosh (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera). And little known to many, Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean, makes an appearance in the movie as the priest.
Needless to say, I am super psyched for the movie.
Oh, and a great side effect of preparing for the release of the Les Mis movie during this time of year: instead of christmas carols, Les Mis music is stuck in my head 24/7. So much better.
Here it is, in full glory. I went to watch the movie at its midnight release with friends, and while the fun factor and the good movie factor pulled me to go, it was really the music that made me forego my sleep to watch this. As with the previous films, Howard Shore did not disappoint. If you had been able to see my face when the movie started off with the Hobbits’ theme, you would’ve thought I was a five year old.
Knowing and understanding the symbolism hidden within the musical themes, it mad the movie just that much more rich. For example, the fact that the clarinet, not the flute, now held the Hobbits’ theme, said much about the change of character between Frodo and Bilbo. However, despite the abundance of original music, there was only one new theme that stood out: the Dwarves’ theme. Even if you know nothing about music, you’ll notice it during the film. Trust me. The other recognizable themes, however, such as the beloved Hobbits’ theme and the Ring’s theme, were reused.
Another interesting thing of note: the first few measures of the soundtrack are akin to Beethoven’s works in that the theme switches back and forth from major to minor and back again (pun intended). It’s fitting for the movie, and I bet Howard Shore’s inspiration included Beethoven.
I plan to go watch it again in theaters before the movie stops showing, and maybe that time I’ll simply sit down, close my eyes, and fully enjoy the magical creation of Howard Shore.
For those of you who don’t know about Virtual Choir, click the link above and check out Eric’s video.
These are the kinds of videos that I watch to take breaks from hours and hours of college essay writing. And by “take breaks” I actually mean “completely distract myself.” No worries though, the work will get done in the end. For those of you unlike me who don’t have to worry about college applications, please enjoy this fantastic musical performance to the fullest.
I really like the songs from his Paradise Lost musical because they’re the perfect blend of modern electronic sounds and contemporary classical sounds.
Massive props to anyone who figures out from where the piano motif in the beginning is. Hint: look at the title.
As kind of a follow-up to my previous post, here’s a classic song recreated by using the sounds of eight floppy drives. Seems like floppy discs are actually quite useful in creating music, as this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them make songs. For Battlefield players, here’s some more floppy music:
And some Pirates: