My francophile friend Paulita at An Accidental Blog will be more forgiving, I'm sure, at her Monday meme Dreaming of France. where we share a passion for all things France!
But I digress ...
While I didn't break out into 'Little People' , Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche was adorable and absolutely endearing and grabbed at my heart with his gap toothed grin. It's not evident in this movie or the stage musical but in Hugo's novel, Gavroche is one of Denardier's sons. How ironic is it that young Daniel Huttlestone's Gavroche speaks in broad Cockney while Sascha Baron Cohen affects one of the few French accents in the film?
It's said that Hugo based Gavroche on the young boy in Eugene Delacroix's painting, "Liberty Leading the People" shown above.
|Eddie Redmayne as Marius|
Eddie Redmayne took me by surprise. I wasn't a fan going in - I've bitched about his casting as Marius because I thought he was awful - mostly due to miscasting, I admit - in My Week with Marilyn. And I kinda hate his freckles. When I first saw him in this film I thought 'uck' but he won me over.
|Pictured from Left to Right; ET Moderator, Tom Hooper, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and Samantha Barks|
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, CA 11/24/2012 *
SPOILER ALERT: Hooper took his advice. Watch for the moment Gavroche peeks out from the tunnel below the barricade.
Hooper called Redmayne the 'unofficial assistant director' in charge of the kids! I think it's that essential sweetness that seeps through that makes his performance as Marius so convincing as the young man growing more and more in love. That's what won me over!
More Les Miserables to come ...
* We had our favorite seats for the screening - smack dab in the middle of the theatre. It would have been nice to have been closer for the Q&A but MLH did his best to capture it with his cell phone camera.