Majestic_Picnob wrote:Say, anyone else pleasantly surprised at how pro-Cosette the film was? Similar to the concern I had about the ensemble numbers brought on by Sweeney Todd, I was sort of worried that the film would take the Phantom route and make Éponine out to be the better choice, but this thankfully never materialized; I think Seyfried and Barks gave us great insight into the ladies' respective heads that helped convince the viewer that their respective positions in the story were the correct ones. I do wonder if this would still have been the case if Swift had actually been cast, though...
I'm pleased by the way they did it as well. I always think it's a difficult one to do as well. Unlike Phantom, where it's a lot easier to portray Raoul in a good light despite the hate he gets, it's a lot more difficult here because it's difficult to just buy into Marius falling for Cosette after seeing her for that one moment as opposed to Éponine who's already a friend of his.
They did do it well though. Seyfried did what she could for Cosette, and I thought Barks was brilliant as Éponine too. The extra parts they added from the book improved the whole character massively and recognised her flaws, but the way she played the part in general was excellent. They obviously knew that they had to make her look like someone from the street, so they did. It's difficult because Barks is naturally very good looking but they made her look a lot more street, for want of the right word, than she was in the 25th anniversary. Although it didn't help in that when her character was chasing after someone played by Nick Jonas when it comes to depth, although she was great in this and I thought the whole smiling when she died thing was brilliant.
Cosette was massively helped by the addition of Suddenly in my opinion. It added more to the Valjean/Cosette relationship which we don't usually see enough of despite it's importance, plus both her and Barks had someone good to work with as Marius because Redmayne was excellent for acting Marius.
I'd have hated Swift as Éponine because her music is average, so is her voice, she's not an actor and seems like most girls when it comes to boys and would play Éponine terribly. Basically everything Barks was good for avoiding in the role.
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