Movie Review: Les Choristes (The Chorus)
Alternate Title: Do Re Mi Fa So Very Sappy
Story: If you'd like to see post W.W.II (1949) errant French youth receive a sort of salvation through singing via the dedication of a middle aged teacher, this film's for you. There is not a thing new in this picture but it is hard to dislike those angelic youthful voices and rosy cheeks when they beat the odds that are so stacked against them.
The boys are in a school because they are troublemakers, orphaned or their parents simply can't take care of them after W.W.II. The headmaster is, of course, a typical villain (More gruel, please, sir). The new teacher of course, thinks all the boys are salvageable and with a little love and a few good tunes all will be right with the world.
The story is told through flashback by two of the now adult boys (an unnecessary ploy).
Director and writer Christophe Barratier pulls all of the usual strings to get to your heart. This film was nominated for a best in foreign film for a Golden Globe (it lost to The Sea Inside) and is France's entry into the Oscar sweeps. We shall see.
Acting: The kids are adorable. All are out of central casting. The adults are fine as well with no one outstanding at all.
Predilection: I like to see all of the nominated films.
Food: Meat and potatoes fare.
Visual Art: Not much art in a school such as this.
Soundtrack: Angelic (think Vienna Boys Choir).
Theater Audience: Four other people who sought shelter from the 12 degree NYC weather.
Sappy Factor: A dripping 5
Drift Range: I drifted thinking about all of the other films that it echoed.
Predictability Level: Over the top.
Tissue Usage: The director should have handed out tissues to the theater audience.
Oscar Worthy: No.
Nit Picking: It seemed long at 100 minutes.
Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. Mr. Holland's Opus, Music of the Heart or any other film where kids are saved through music would also be an appropriate rental in this category.
Length: 100 minutes.
LOBO HOWLS: 5