The following is my brother, Austin’s quick review of the Les Misérables Soundtrack. Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathway are heading up an incredible cast of what looks to be a very well done musical of a story that is very relevant to our current situation. Hope you enjoy the movie in a couple days, and this sneak peak.
Here is my review after hearing all the clips:
Track 1: I prefer the 25th anniversary version of Look Down. For the films version, the chanting of ‘look down’ was too fast. I prefered the opening of the 25th version, with the slower mournful chanting. That version brought the imagery of a slave work party to my mind, without fully knowing the story.
Track 2: The singer for ‘The Bishop’ played Valjean in one of the original productions. This movie has a great voice cast and respects previous productions
Track 5: Anne Hathaway gives the best ever rendition of ‘I dreamed a Dream’
Track 6: ‘The Confrontation’ Overall Russell Crowe’s voice isn’t as good as Hugh Jackman’s. But, it is an argument set to music, so maybe not the easiest thing to make into a song.
Track 7: The child actress, Isabelle Allen, is amazing in ‘Castle on a Cloud’. One of the top tracks on the album.
Track 8: The funny thing about ‘Master of the House’ is that it seems like Sacha Baron Cohen is the only person to put on a French accent for the movie.
Track 9: This new song fits in well with all the old songs. I think it may be Hugh Jackman’s best song. He definitely has a great voice and will make Valjean a more emotional character.
Track 13: We already know that Samantha Banks can sing from previous productions of Les Miserables. I think she puts more emotion into ‘On My Own’ than the 25th anniversary.
Track 15: I don’t remember hearing ‘Drink with Me’ in other productions before. But, this is a very fun song with Eddie Redmayne and other members of the rebels.
Track 18: ‘Javert’s Suicide’ (SPOILERS I think we know what happens in this song). Russell Crowe is one of my favorite actors, but I think he talks with music, instead of sings.
Track 19: I may cry during the movie during ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.’ Once again Eddie Redmayne shines. I think he is the best of the three major male singers. Great job Jack Jackson.
In case you haven’t guessed, I can’t wait for this movie.