I've finally seen this, two days before it disappears from my local. I can't believe they let Amanda Seyfried sing like a goat the entire time.
Also, although Crowe is clearly a less accomplished singer than most in the cast, I very much enjoyed his performance, so I really didn't mind. I was also happy to see that so many revolutionaries were hot young men.
I didn't think Russell Crowe was as bad as some reviews/comments had made out either, the only one I was disappointed in was Helena Bonham Carter - I loved her in Sweeney Todd, but I could barely make out a word she was singing in Les Miserables.
Also - go Samantha Barks! I was too Team Jodie to pay her much attention on I'd Do Anything, but she was great.
As someone who's never seen the show, one thing I thought was a bit odd about the ending was
Marius paying tribute to his fallen comrades, then just going back to his granddad's and apparently deciding to be rich again. I thought it rather undermined the whole 'join our crusade' finale, when the only revolutionary still alive has seemingly got all the rebellion out of his system and is now ready to settle down to a bourgeouis life with the rather sappy missus, but maybe that doesn't happen on stage?
EDIT: Sorry, attempt to do a proper spoiler doesn't seem to have worked.
Aaron Tveit is like 98% of the reason I feel a need to watch this film. He had a recurring role on Gossip Girl and used to pop up for a couple of episodes every season and they were always the best ones.
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