Kapi-Mana News : January 15th 2013
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 15, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 3367710 Wednesday 16th January Andrew London Trio Thursday 17th January Shaun Preston Friday 18th January Shenanigans Saturday 19th January Supermodel Sunday 20th January The Satisfactions at the Rose Garden, Aotea Lagoon 6.30-8.30pm Bring the family, a cushion to sit on and something to nibble on. Sit back and enjoy a great summer night‛s entertainment o d n j o ya WET WEATHER ALTERNATIVE - TE RAUPARAHA ARENA 5077456AA Life's an unhappy song LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks. Screenplay by William Nicholson, directed by Tom Hooper. Rated M (violence, sexual references), 157 minutes. Showing at Reading Porirua and Light House Pauatahanui cinemas. Saving grace: Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean takes care of Les Miserables' finest attribute, Anne Hathaway's factory worker-turned-prostitute Fantine. WOW. I've never seen so many unhappy people sing so much. Despite its globe-trotting lon- gevity, Les Miserables always escaped me. Beyond vague recol- lections of Master of the House playing in form 2 music class, Vic- tor Hugo's novel and the musical monster it spawned in the 1980s, had never meant anything more to me than a poster of a forlorn little French girl or that it was the successful stage show Andrew Lloyd Webber didn't compose. By others' accounts, Tom Hoo- per's cinematic adaptation of Les Miserables stays very true to its musical theatre origins, and its impressive 8.2/10 rating on IMBD.com would suggest it has struck a chord with more than just the Les Mis' alumni. It certainly looks the goods, boasting fantastic cinematogra- phy and costumes. While I could tell which bits in the movie would have likely tin- gled my spine or given me goose bumps had I seen it on stage, the film itself wasn't capable of trig- gering such reactions. This could partly be because I'm no musical junkie. It took a good half-hour for me to get past the fact everything is sung, even the boring, bridging dialogue between the songs. It could also be because Les Miserables is bloated and over- wrought. It's stuffed with too many the- mes and thinly-written charac- ters, and much of its music bears a plodding, repetitive tempo. Am I alone on this? For the uninitiated, we're in 19th century France, where Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), makes a new, honest life for himself after spending 18 years in jail for steal- ing a piece of bread. But unbending lawman Javert (Russell Crowe) is hellbent on ensuring Valjean is punished for breaching parole. After Jackman's character makes a promise to raise the daughter of factory worker (Anne Hathaway), his personal quest for redemption becomes entangled with the hopes and dreams of Par- isian revolutionaries. Shot entirely as a close-up, the poignant lyrics of I Dreamed a Dream and Hathaway's broken face and crestfallen voice combine for Les Miserables' defining moment, albeit arriving in the first 30 minutes. No doubt trying to provide viewers with something the stage show couldn't, Hooper uses the close-up eagerly and often, emphasising anguished expres- sions, but too often the song and/ or the character aren't strong enough to warrant it. The gruff, dirge vocals of Jack- man and Crowe tend to over- whelm proceedings, a melodic malaise only broken temporarily by the sweet-voiced Eddie Red- mayne (playing Marius) and Samantha Barks (Eponine), and the comic relief of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Car- ter's light-fingered shysters. THE LOWDOWN Up-to-date listings for local events and shows. Want your event added? Email: email@example.com. For the full lowdown: www.kapiman- anews.co.nz On today WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER of the Year, collecting action shots, under- water images, landscapes and environmental reportage. At Pataka until January 27. DARRYN GEORGE, new paintings, at Pataka until March 3. WALLACE ART Awards 2012, entries for the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand. At Pataka until February 24. Sunday, January 20 PHOTO WORKSHOP, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Join photographer Simon Woolf for an informative, prac- tical and fun photographic session featuring the heritage, farm and wild- life of Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. 2pm till 5pm. $65pp. For bookings, phone 830 4041 or email bookings @gw.govt.nz. BELMONT TRAVERSE, Belmont Regional Park, Takapu Rd entrance, 9am-3.30pm. Meet at Takapu Rd before bussing to Cornish St entrance. The walk takes you through Baked Beans Bend before starting the climb to Belmont trig with views of Wellington Harbour and the South Island. After lunch, cross to the Porirua city side of Belmont Regional Park through farmland and streams back to your car. $8pp. Saturday, January 26 EAT, DRINK & BE CRAFTY gourmet craft and food fair, Battle Hill Forest Farm Park, Pauatahanui. 10am-4pm.
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