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Hey, I'm not posting this to be a jerk or "that guy" but I figure the more you get as a reaction, the more you can gauge your audiences reaction and choose to curb or not curb your actions... but basically I found the beginning of this review to be a bit disturbing in its jokes. Not because they were jokes but because it seemingly revealed certain aspects of the crew I did not like to see. As Minervose said "normally when you guys are talking shit about one group or another you joke about the stereotypes instead of the stereotypes being the joke itself."
Just thought I'd share my feelings, and you guys can do what you will! Rock on!
what greeneggsandbam said
I found Hooper's direction bombastic and overblown, needlessly swooping the camera to-and-fro, distracting the audience from the performers. The best moments in the film were when he didn't try to upstage his performers, kept the camera still and simply let them act in front of the camera. This is exemplified in Anne Hathaway's heartbreaking rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream', in which he keeps it at a upper-body close-up and simply lets her tear into it.
Also, I think Hooper has a hearing disability, since he seems to have an inability to discern between quiet and loud. The constant intensity of the production left me exhausted by the end of its 160 minute-run. Every number was belted out loudly and passionately, with nary a minute before the next one. Without any quiet moments to let the audience take a breather, the film loses pace and becomes redundant and melodramatic.
I found the music and cast absolutely phenomenal (with the exception of Russell Crowe). There's a lot to love about the film, but Hooper's brash and clumsy direction holds it back from greatness. This is the definition of a RENTAL; a film made for the fast-forward button.
Movie was a nice nap.
This movie needed more Liam Neeson
Musicals are not gay, Cohost!
Sorry just remembered which site I'm on, but the concentration of the jokes makes me a bit uncomfortable. also normally when you guys are talking shit about one group or another you joke about the stereotypes instead of the stereotypes being the joke itself. maybe I'm just being a bit sensitive, and hypocritical; because its my turn, but I think Co-Host out and out telling me to be ashamed crossed the line for me.
I know it seams like fun but gay jokes don't endear yourselves to me; being a decidedly non Flamboyant young queer this crap gets on my nerves. I love you guys (make a joke I dare you) but your laying it on a bit thick in the intro.
I agree with Korey about the camera work. Tom Hooper was the wrong guy to direct this. Uneven is the best way I can describe his choices here, with the shaky cam working for performance showcases and failing hard during the battle scenes. I still really loved the performers though and story flowed well despite some pacing issues in the middle. A Very High Matinee/Low Full Price
Despite knowing every note of this musical by heart...I am STILL refusing to see this film.
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