Film Review: Les Misérables

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I saw a stage performance of Les Misérables in 1998, and since then it has been my absolute favourite musical – I know the words to all the songs, and sing along (loudly and out of tune!) to the CD when on roadtrips with my mother.

When I heard that Tom Hooper (Oscar-winning Director of The King’s Speech) was directing a film adaptation of Les Misérables, I was really excited. Trailers started coming out that built that excitement up, and my friends and I have been talking about how much we want to see this film for months. Imagine how overjoyed I was to receive an invitation to attend a special preview screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures!!! So on Monday night, I dragged my mom along to the Lido Theatre, and excitement was at peak level. Let me tell you now, I was not disappointed!

When we entered the theatre, we saw that Paramount Pictures had kindly placed boxes of tissues around the theatre.  A good thing, because I know I was not the only one who shed a few tears during the film! PRO TIP: Make sure you take tissues and wear waterproof makeup!

Anne Hathaway as FantineImage: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Anne Hathaway as Fantine
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

The cast was superb, with the delectable Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Van Helsing) as ex-prisoner Jean Valjean; Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) as the ruthless policeman Javert – a role he was very well suited to; Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises) as factory worker Fantine; and Amanda Seyfreid (Mamma Mia, Mean Girls) as her daughter Cosette – as she demonstrated in Mamma Mia, she has a fabulous voice! Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd, Borat) and Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter) provided great comical relief as the up-to-no-good Thénardiers, much needed in what is a mostly heavy storyline.  The highlight of the cast for me was heartthrob Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, The Other Boleyn Girl) as revolutionary Marius – his voice absolutely blew me away!

Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen).Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen).
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

I was very impressed that the actors sang “live” (by which I mean that they taped the vocal track while shooting, rather than recording the songs in post-production) – this gave the film a more realistic feel, as the actors seemed to capture more emotion in their singing that I have noticed in post-recorded films.

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a captivating tale of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – the perfect combination for an amazing film! I will definitely be seeing this again when it hits theatres in January! Check out the trailer below.

 Les Misérables opens in New Zealand on 10 January 2013

 

Images © Universal Pictures
Text © Meagan Kerr 2012

Summer giveaways: part two

Sunsilk Co-Creations Frizz Control Light Cream

Summer in New Zealand can be a bit of a battle when you have hair that is prone to frizziness like mine – the humidity does not agree with me at all! To help you battle the frizz, Sunsilk has teamed up with world-class styling expert Teddy Charles to bring you Sunsilk Frizz Control Light Cream.  It helps to maintain your style and control frizz with Weather Shielding Technology (sounds fancy!) and a UV Filter, providing dual protection against the  effects of changes in weather conditions by balancing the level of moisture in the hair and helping to shield your hair against damaging UV rays.

Sounds like the perfect product to help you through a Kiwi summer, where weather is prone to change multiple times a day!

Want to win some?

1. “Like” my facebook page. If you’re already a fan, then good on you for being so organised! You can have an extra entry into the draw!

2. Leave a comment below, letting me know what your ideal summer vacation would be!

You have until 5.00pm NZT on Sunday 16th December, winner to be announced on my facebook page.

This competition closes at 5.00pm NZT on Sunday, 16 December 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the competition post on thisismeagankerr.com, with an extra entry for everyone who was a facebook fan prior to 12/12/12. You must be a fan of “This Is Meagan Kerr” on facebook, and the competition is open to people in New Zealand only, sorry overseas fans!

Redken’s Curvaceous Range

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My hair usually has no idea what it’s doing. Sometimes it’s pretty straight, some days I have ringlets, and some days I have so much frizz I feel like I should wear a hat all day so I don’t have to deal with it. No longer will this be a problem – hats will only be worn as a fashion accessory, not to hide my bad hair days!

Over the last couple of months, I have been trying out some of the Redken Curvaceous Range and I’m happy to report that I love it! This is a whole range of hair care products, including shampoo, conditioner, and styling products, that is made especially for increased manageability, frizz control and shine. It’s perfect for people with all kinds of curly hair, from a tight spiral curl to loose waves.

First of all, I have a confession to make.  I am in serious need of a decent hair dryer, so if you’re reading this Santa, please note this very unsubtle hint!!! The hair dryer I own is about 20 years old and is only ever used for drying paint (or clothes, in an emergency), never on my hair. I always let my hair air dry. If you are using a hair dryer, use it with a diffuser to amplify the natural shape and style of your curls.

Volume is where it's at!

Volume is where it’s at!

Curvaceous Full Swirl is a cream serum that is formulated to fight frizz – it seals in moisture and locks out humidity. It’s fantastic for all types of curls, and I find that it’s great if I want to style my hair in sexy beach hair kind of look.

Curvaceous Ringlet is a perfecting lotion that will give you a soft yet shiny hold. I thought that this product did the best job of reigning in my hair to give me nicely shaped curls with no frizz problems.

Curvaceous Wind Up was my favourite of the three products I tried – it is a reactivating spray that you can use to refresh your curls and tame frizz at any time of day. It can be applied to dry hair, meaning that it’s a fantastic “on the go” product for summer. This is also my Mom’s favourite product, and she always heads straight to it when she comes to my place – her hair is much shorter and curlier than mine and it does a crazy amazing job of giving her super voluminous bouncy curls with great definition!

What are your top tips for styling curly hair? Let me know in the comments below – I’m always eager to know how other people get their hair looking fabulous!

© Meagan Kerr 2012

Summer giveaways: part one

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The first week of summer hasn’t brought a lot of sun with it – not such a great start I’m afraid! Something that isgood, however, is that I was awarded nzgirl’s Most Committed Blogger for November 2012! Head over to nzgirl and check out some of the articles I’ve been posting.

Another good thing is that I have finally set up a facebook page for my blog! Have a look, “like” it, and stay updated with what is going on in my world (and be kept up to date with details on the great giveaways I have coming up!).

Speaking of giveaways…

Leave a comment below letting me know what it is that you love most about summer, and you will go in to the draw to win a 230ml tube of ModelCo’s Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser! This fabulous product is a self-tanner, a tan extender and a moisturiser that allows you to build up a streak-free tan gradually and easily, without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. It’s a great way to get fabulously tanned legs before you bare them under that cute summer frock! You have until 5.00pm NZT on Tuesday 11th December, winner to be announced on my facebook page (so make sure you’re following it!!!).

 

This competition closes at 5.00pm NZT on Tuesday, 11 December 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the competition post on thisismeagankerr.com. The competition is open to people in New Zealand only, sorry overseas fans!