Unimpressed ... Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert has criticised Tom Hooper's new movie musical Les Miserables, insisting the film "suffered massively" due to its all-star cast "pretending to be singers".
The former American Idol star, who began his career in musical theatre, took to his Twitter page to voice his disappointment with the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway production.
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.
In a series of posts, he writes:
"Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers."
"...it's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good)"
"Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras were the exceptions for me."
"Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too."
"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!"
"One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It's was breathtaking."
The entire Hollywood cast, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, sang live on set - but Lambert insists the stars' vocals should instead have been pre-recorded and digitally enhanced.
He adds: "With that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine's (Samantha Barks') voice was cool too... 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.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood then tweeted Lambert to point out that her singing in 2007 musical Across the Universe wasn't dubbed, and he replied: "That sounded good! OK yes, that's another movie musical exception. That movie was on point (sic). And you were stunning in it."