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Django Unchained vs. Les Miserables

Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas Day flick, Django Unchained, is set in the Deep South and was filmed in and around New Orleans. It follows freed slave Django (played by Jamie Foxx) as he treks across America with a bounty hunter. Leonardo DiCaprio plays plantation owner Calvin Candie, with Samuel L. Jackson as one of his slaves. Competing with the movie on its opening day is the remake of Les Miserables starring Anne Hathaway as Fantine. Either way, you won’t leave the theater filled with the spirit of Christmas, but a new video from Funny or Die starring Hathaway and Jackson in a “sadoff” helps determine which movie will be more depressing.

Jackon: You try being a black man in the South in the 1800s.

Hathaway: My character works in a factory, everyone is mean to her, she loses her job …

And here are the movie trailers in case you’re not sure which is sadder yet:

Emeril's Oyster
Breakfast at Tiffany
  • Jennifer Riley / January 5, 2013

    Talked to someone this morning who liked the film Les Mis. Although I missed the first 15 minutes, I didn’t think H. Jackman captured Valjean. He started to high in his vocal range, sounded bare and unaccompanied. I didn’t like his trip through the sewer and the goop, which made him look comic. Wrong way to stage the scene that triangulates Cosette, Marius, and their love-at-first-sight, which Valjean never experiences in his own life. Valjean has every love except erotic love: caritas (charitable) platonic love, filial love, but never romantic love. However, just my thoughts. My companion left, planning to look for the Les Mis score on CD!

  • Jennifer Riley / January 5, 2013

    Given can’t edit the above, I will say I liked the film’s staging of “Bring Him Home,” which made sense to me, because although lotsa ppl rave about the solo in the stage version, I don’t like it. I told my companion in the stage version of the score the oboe and the harp do great work for curtain-raising, revolving stage, scene setting, transition, cue-ing characters onstage and off; the film score doesn’t contain the oboe and harp solos. However, my statement didn’t stop my companion from intending to by the CD. Last week, SBUX had the film CD, and within 12 hours it was sold, so good on ya.

    As for Django, I liked Leonardo’s protrayal in the trailer, b/c I live in the south and know a real life Leonardo, cocky grin, cheroot, and ‘tude. All that’s missing is the riverboat gambler hat, but he does gamble at the country club, in Atlantic City, and in Vegas.