Originally Posted by Matt_Stevens
Everyone is beating up on Crowe but I liked his voice. It was kind of rock-star in tonal quality and worked for the character. My wife HATED him in this movie, but after pondering it realized she hated the character he was playing and not the actor himself.
And by the way, just to clarify my thoughts on the ending and yes I am about to give spoilers away... It was the scene right before the final scene. When Jackman was in his chair, succumbing to age and Hathaway appeared, presumably from heaven, to sing with him and lead him off to the next world. while his daughter and son-in-law were kneeling before him, crying. That was powerful stuff. Nothing else in the film moved me to tears. That scene did. Even my wife cried and she never loses it in movies.
I agree with you about Crowe's voice. It wasn't strong but he was solid musically. He was weak only in his inability to really belt out his big numbers. Dramatically, of course, Crowe was great, A+.
I cried more than once. Like you and your wife, I was moved by the finale but Hathaway's I Dreamed a Dream, Jackman's Bring Him Home, and Eddie Redmayne's Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,moved me just as deeply. Les Mis is an emotional show, to say the least.
Speaking of Bring Him Home, I just got the Les Mis 25th Anniversary BD and watched it last night. Alfie Boe starred as Valjean and was startlingly wonderful. He has a HUGE classically trained tenor voice and floated those high pianissimos in Bring Him Home more beautifully than I had heard it done since I heard Corm Wilkinson, the show's original Valjean, do it in his prime.