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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Michael Ruby

You're not alone in liking Russell Crowe. Ridiculous kung fu sound fx aside (man they smashed that celery when he bit it!), I found myself asking who else really could have played that role without coming off as totally ridiculous as a threat to Hugh Jackman. Jackman is Wolverine, and they establish his Valjean as a superhero minus the claws from minute one. It took a bona fide film star and action hero to be remotely believable opposite this characterization. Also, Tom Hooper screwed Russell, gave him no help when it came to any vocal challenges. Where Hooper shoots Jackman, Redmayne and Hathaway in close-ups within inches of their lives (see: Michael Mann mosquito cam), he has these overly dramatic, sweeping crane shots and screamingly CG backgrounds through Javert's biggest moments. Where Crowe could have benefited and been incredibly real and relatable as the villain (not to mention not having to sing/act as big as the cinematography), instead he's made to overdo it. Anyhoo, enjoyed the post.

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