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Movie surprises

January 14, 2013 - Marguerite Lanthier
For people who knew nothing about the movie “Les Misérables,” except for the trailer shown before an action movie this summer, it must of been a shock to realize it wasn’t an action picture. No it’s a musical, with very little action. In fact, it’s more of a musical than I even realized when I went to see it. It’s not a conventual break-into-song musical, it’s a sing-every-line-of-dialogue and break-into-song musical. I was impressed by the actors who had to do all that singing, and they did it live on tape. The singing wasn’t pre-recorded like in most movies. I’m not sure how they were able to compile enough footage without singing to make it look like an action film, but they did. Maybe they used some of the extra footage. It’s really annoying when you see a trailer and it’s nothing like the movie it depicts. I learned my lesson about believing trailers after “Bicentennial Man” turned out to not be a comedy starting Robin Williams, but a drama with a few funny lines and a sad ending. Now I usually know what the movie is about before I see it. But I guess even I can sometimes still be surprised.



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