The Chorus (Les Choristes) Reviews
The Chorus follows such a common plot. First, we have a school of rebellious minors who never seem to behave. Some of these teens are plain crazy, some are quite, and other's even like to run around the place. It takes no movie-expert to know that slowly, these children are going to grow a liking towards the teacher in the end. Because of the general plot in this film, things could have easily been turn into a bad movie. Luckily, The Chorus never exaggerates as it could have if taken by the wrong hands. Instead, it is a quite film that concentrates on its character's, and atmosphere. This makes a slightly heartwarming film, that will somewhat uplift you.
The ending is as you would expect it, but not as bombastic and flat as in American mainstream cinema, more subtle and believable, it also ties in nicely with the story.
Id recommend this movie for rainy Tuesday evening. You guys know what I am trying to say.
The film invited us to understand these boys sensibility and why there were treated so badly. In fact, they have always been treated badly by institutions, educators and parents. The importance of fathers in their lives and their great need for a substitute, because the natural fathers were missing, was beautifully explored in this film. The screenplay was very effective in showing how the combination of giving boys strong education, or winning their heart with tenderness was possible. This film helped to understand how the human being can be hard at one moment, and sweet to the next.
A worth to watch.
'The Chorus' recounts the tale of Clement Mathieu, a French music teacher who puts together a choir at a local school for disobedient boys. He encounters a fair amount of criticism in exercising his dream, but eventually it pays off; these boys simultaneously learn the harmony of classical music and that their teachers - and the outside world - aren't that much against the possibility of succeeding in life.
Despite being deeply conventional, director Christophe Barratier opts for a bold and mature approach to the story. Sweeping camera movements and use of the choir's angelic vocal chords for background music add a sophisticated touch to otherwise ordinary scenes, and the opening and closing flash-forward segments don't linger on too much sentimentality.
It is unfortunate, however, to learn that other than the incredibly gifted Jean-Baptiste Maunier, all of the singing was completed by a professional choir. It's not only cheating the audience but there would be nothing overtly flawed about the picture if these boys could only sing really well; mind-blowing brilliance isn't necessary to capture the film's true emotional core.
For 'The Chorus' is a charming and spirited film. Gerard Jugnot delivers a fine performance as Mathieu, exuding a inherent goodness about him that ensures not a member of the audience will have cause for dislike, and while the narrative is formulaic and clichéd, it is very nearly the best of its kind. The atmosphere is strong, and full of soul.
Okay so the sudden transformation of a bunch of hard-to-handle school-kids is a tad unlikely, not to mention the temporary taming of a tyrannous principle with some brutish policies (scenes with him kick-starting a friendly ball game and throwing paper aeroplanes round his office were far too convoluted and unnatural), but 'The Chorus' works by embracing the conventional rather than trying too hard to work around it. The tale ends exceptionally rosy, but a little triumphant anecdote now and then isn't so hard to swallow, especially one that makes you feel as elated as this.
The boys have amazing voices (especially Jean-Baptiste Maunier), but the story isn't all centered around composing a choir. No, actually there's a solid plot and a dash of drama that'll keep you entertained all throughout. Smiles and tears guaranteed!
Watch if you've got heart, otherwise avoid and fill your mind with some heartless Hollywood film!