Les Miserables, the film. Stirring story and a charged production. But I hope I never have to see another work by Cameron Mackintosh. Jesus, every song is the same frigging tune; nearly drove me mad. And it was rather quite fascinating watching French commoners with pure English accents. Vive la France! That said, it was one of a very select number of films I have ever watched where people actually clapped at the end; and I think they were clapping, not because it was finally over but, because they thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been #1 here now in Britain for how many weeks? I’m glad I saw it but I think I’ll pass on the stage production.
How Vanessa Redgrave wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar after her performance in Coriolanus is beyond me! The film may not be to everyone’s taste (though it is indeed quite a superb and visceral enaction of Shakespearean hubris, envy and tragedy) but VR was magnificent. And so was Ralph Fiennes. That’s life, I suppose.
Some girls can turn a man’s mind to mush …
Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo