Located on a small expansion shelf about midway between the Third and Fourth Circles, Musical Hell is presided over by Diva, a minor demon charged with passing judgement on the worst musicals ever committed to film. (She still hasn't figured out if this is their punishment or hers.) Take a seat on the bench and have your earplugs ready, because court is now in session.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

On my avowal to avoid further Les Mis spoilers

I have been watching the news of the Les Miserables movie with some interest, and I've been amply rewarded. Rather more than I expected, actually. It seems like every other day someone is posting grainy-sounding smartphone footage of this actor in costume or that scene being filmed. I'm not used to obsessively following movies in development so I don't know if this is normal or not, but the sheer amount of paparazzi footage has started to reach an over-saturation point, at least for me. While I do love behind-the-scenes footage (something about seeing the creative process in action has always fascinated me), I do want some surprises when this thing finally does reach theaters.

So I'm calling a break. I'm going to do my best to avoid future Les Mis spoilers (beyond official trailers and such). I'm afraid if I keep it up, there won't be anything left for me to watch in December.

Besides, there's no longer any need. Part of my intense curiosity about this movie was due to anxiety and fear of disappointment. So many movie musicals in recent years have let me down (Nine? Rent? Phantom? I'm looking in your directions), that I was desperately searching for evidence, any evidence, that Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman and all would not do the same.

After seeing the footage of the finale being filmed, I no longer need to worry. This movie is going to be awesome. It's going to be beyond awesome. It's going to be a double helping of awesome wrapped in epic with a side of amazing and smothered in orgasm sauce. Sadly the footage of the full chorus has since been yanked, but this brief shot of Jackman and Anne Hathaway should give you a small idea of what I'm talking about:

And that, for now, is my final word on the subject. I hope.

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