Adam Lambert is not impressed by the singing skills of several of the actors in the new "Les Miserables" musical film.
The 30-year-old "American Idol" alum gave a Tweet-by-Tweet review of the movie, which is based on the hit Broadway show, on his Twitter page on December 30. While Lambert does not have Broadway experience, he has starred in several musicals, including "Hair," "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" in 2004 with Val Kilmer (picture above) and the popular "Wizard of Oz" prequel musical "Wicked."
"Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," he said. "...it's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. ('Dreamgirls' was good) (sic)"
The "exceptions," he said, were Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, and Aaron Tveit, who plays Enjolras, the leader of a group of student activists who strive to battle French troops and stop oppression of the lower class during the revolution of 1832. Hathaway's mother had played her role in a touring production, while Tviet has appeared in Broadway musicals such as "Wicked" and "Hairspray."
"Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too," Lambert Tweeted, referring to Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, who play the Thenardiers, a married pair of scam artists who provide the comic relief in the film. Bonham Carter and Cohen had showcased their singing skills in Tim Burton's 2007 film "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit Broadway musical.
Tom Hooper, the director of the "Les Miserables" film had the cast film their singing parts on the set, rather than in a studio. This is unconventional for film adaptations of musicals.
"I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," Lambert Tweeted.
"I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out," he added. "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! Look-I grew up w this musical and so my expectations are quite high. Didn't mean to b negative. (sic)"
Lambert did not name other actors in his Twitter review. The rest of the cast members include the likes of Hugh Jackman, who plays main character Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," Russell Crowe, who plays his nemesis, Javert, and Amanda Seyfriend, who plays Fantine's daughter, Cosette.
The three have previous musical experience. Jackman won a Tony for his main role as singer and songwriter Peter Allen in the Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz," which marked his Broadway debut. He also performed the lead role of Curly in "Oklahoma!" in London and portrayed Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" in his native Australia.
Crowe played Eddie/Dr. Scott and sometimes, main character Dr. Frank-N-Furter, in a stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" in Australia (watch video) and his native New Zealand in the 1980s. He also portrayed the main role of Mickey in an Australian production of the British musical "Blood Brothers." Seyfried starred in the 2008 musical film "Mamma Mia!."
Lambert then said: "One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It's was breathtaking. (sic)"