If you’re like me, you love the story of Les Miserables. You know that it’s an incredible tale of grace and redemption and the consequences of wearing dogmatic blinders as we traverse this globe. It’s moving and emotional and a stunning story to be sure.
So when I left the theater with an initial reaction along the lines of, “It was alright,” I was a bit puzzled. Something was clearly missing, but I had no idea what.
But thanks to Film Crit Hulk Smash, it all makes sense. If you enjoy the cinema and can tolerate the use of all caps throughout (Hulk isn’t very subtle on the ol’ keyboard, it appears) then you should check this out.
OKAY. SO NO ONE EVER ACTUALLY EXPLAINS WHAT MAKES GOOD AND BAD CINEMATOGRAPHY AND WHY A CHOICE WILL WORK IN ONE SETTING AND NOT IN ANOTHER. SO LET’S TALK CINEMATOGRAPHY THEORY BASICS WITH A LITTLE MINI-COLUMN THAT HULK WILL CALL: “CINEMATIC AFFECTATION 101.” HULK ISN’T GOING TO EXPLAIN THE SHOTS IN DETAIL OR ANYTHING BECAUSE YOU CAN SUPPLEMENT THAT INFORMATION ANYWHERE. HULK’S POINT IS TO DISCUSS THE WAY THOSE SHOTS AFFECT YOU.