The performers did a wonderful job with their touching vocals. The director sorta ruined the spectacle with his choice of shaky handheld shots and abundance of closeups of peoples' faces! How about more establishing shots of the historic settings? And what was with the ship scene at the beginning of the film? I expect the convicts to be working hard labor in a hot field with pickaxes. Tom Hooper, you shouldn't be changing classic things just because you have the Director's Chair.