Singer and former "American Idol" contestant, Adam Lambert was less than thrilled with the vocal performances of the stars in the musical film, “Les Miserables,” which opened Christmas Day. According to the Dec.31 report by the Huffington Post, the singer took to Twitter in a series tweets after seeing the film that made his opinions all too clear.
For those who don’t follow Lambert on Twitter, here’s some of what he had to say about “Les Miserables.”
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
“...it's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good)”
“And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.”
“I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.”
“The industry will say "these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live" but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?”
Not all his comments were harsh. In one tweet he lauded the performance given by Anne Hathaway specifically, calling her “breathtaking.”
“Les Miserables” grossed $18.2 million on its opening day and received generally good reviews. Of interest to many was the technique of allowing the actors to sing live and in the moment rather than lip-syncing in the scene and then recording the vocals in a studio later.
The great actors “pretending” to be singers according to Adam included Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
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