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I went to see Tom Hooper's Les Misérables with Wellington's ex-girlfriend, and in preparation for the experience (which I was dreading, in all its dimensions), I consumed Mountain Dew and Junior Mints.

As a result of the sugar/caffeine rush, I got really into the movie. I've never read the book or seen the musical (and I kinda suspect that, on an ideological level, I might hate the musical?), but the movie is pure bombastic spectacle.

Main thoughts:
  • Adult Cosette is a drip, and this movie fails the Bechdel Test spectacularly. (Why don't Eponine and Cosette ever interact? I don't understand.)

  • Russell Crowe really should not have been cast as Javert. Everyone else held up their end of the musical-theatre bargain; Crowe stuck out like a sore thumb.

  • In regards to the aforementioned ideological level: man, any narrative that minimizes the story of a bunch of radical revolutionaries for the sake of a ~love story~ makes me want to spit nails. (Also, given that the revolutionaries are portrayed in an unrelentingly heroic light, the movie does an insultingly poor job of explaining their motivations and ambitions.) In this, I suspect I differ in opinion from the core fanbase of twelve-year-olds.

  • The actor who plays Marius Pontmercy (Eddie Redmayne) looks eerily like the young pin-up version of my former professor VBP. Which was somewhat disconcerting. On a number of levels.
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    [SCENE: TDR and I are watching Spaced in the living room; Wellington and his girlfriend are making dinner in the kitchen, but Wellington keeps coming out to peer at the TV over my shoulder.]

    WELLINGTON: "So, [livejournal.com profile] mutantkoala. Bet Brian is your favorite character, eh?"

    ME: "Yes, he is... How did you know that?"

    WELLINGTON: [shifty-eyed] "Just a lucky guess."


    The Gate of Angels, Whose Body?, and The Dragon Reborn )
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    REYNARD: [reading an ostensibly hilarious Latin passage. Out loud.]

    SALAZAR: [snickering]

    EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM: [not caring about Latin and rolling their eyes]

    JANE: "That's a pretty good way to get killed, man."

    REYNARD: "Ah, yes. That's true. ...That's probably why Latin is a dead language now. It became...dangerous."

    (In unrelated news, Wellington informed me tonight that the Powers To Be have decided that Reynard and I would make a good couple. To which I could have offered many responses, but I was incredibly drunk at the time, so I just laughed madly and said that my Latin would never be good enough to attract Reynard.)
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    We went to see Real Steel tonight, because we had a hankering for boxing robots. I gather that Wellington was somewhat underwhelmed, but I thought it was probably as good a robot-boxing movie as has ever been made. Also, I was sitting between Gosling and P., and we giggled like school-girls throughout it.

    Two immortal lines:

    "No, no. The money's gone. I used it to buy a robot."

    "What? Did you think that you, me, and the robot were just going to ride off into the sunset together?"

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