Originally Posted by joseephuss
I have not seen Les Miserables, but have heard the criticism of Crowe's performance. I disagree with your stance. The guy sings more than just a bit and has done so throughout his career in entertainment. He probably has done as much if not more singing during his career than either Jackman or Hathaway. All three have sung in musical productions before, but I don't recall Jackman or Hathway being members of any band like Crowe is. Whether Crowe's singing is good or not is another question, but singing has been a significant part of his life.
The music in Les Mis is a challenge for any voice, (lots of parts in minor keys and very intense emotions) and I would argue that Crowe's voice is really challenged by that, but he works the part of Javert with real intensity.That character is not meant to be empathized with until the end and in the stage productions I've seen, the actors have sounded bitter and harsh, perhaps with intent. Crowe doesn't sing anything in this movie like the stuff he sings with his band. I will confess that I've only heard a small amount of his stuff outside of the movies.
Jackman has the biggest repetoire of stage production and he was more than up to the task, but his part is meant to evoke sympathy from the audience. The biggest surprise for me was Hathaway, who's voice exceeded my expectations. I hope you do get to see the movie, as I think it does justice to the original stage production.