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Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Les Miserables may be winning critical praise and awards buzz, but Adam Lambert took a different view. After seeing the film, the former American Idol contestant took to Twitter to slam the film, only praising a few of the actors.
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances,” he tweeted Sunday. “But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
As E! News notes, that was just the start of several tweets Lambert sent to his 1.8 million followers. He next wrote, “...it's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good).”
However, he did praise Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
“Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras were the exceptions for me,” he wrote, adding, “Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too.”
He also praised Hooper’s decision to have the actors sing live. “And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.”
Lambert said that he believed that the singing only distracted him from the story, explaining, “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?”
“Sorry for being so harsh but it's so True!” he concluded.
Lambert explained in another tweet that he didn’t really intend to sound so negative, but his musical background lead him to have high expectations. He still wants people to see it, though. “One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It's was breathtaking,” he wrote.
You can check out our Les Miserables review here.