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A Valiant Effort

By ilovemusicals99
Written December 20, 2014
I have to preface this review by saying I am a huge fan of this musical. It is my absolute favorite, and I have seen it countless times on tour, on Broadway and regionally-big theaters and small. The film reminded me of one of my favorite staged productions which was in a small theater in the round. Hard to imagine if you have not seen it, but being so close to the actors and in such an intimate setting provided a much more intense experience emotionally. The film succeeds on this level, with the right amount of agnst and emotion, particularly in Hathaway's big number, "I Dreamed A Dream", and Redmayne's "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables". Not a dry eye in the house. Where the film was less successful was in the rest of its casting. Big names sell movies, but did Les Miserables need this when millions upon millions world-wide have seen and love this show? Crowe was awful, Jackman strained, Seyfried-why? Also, where was the gorgeous score? It never seemed to get off the ground.
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Les Miz

By vano1944
Written December 20, 2014
Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals. Unfortunately, the film version did fulfill my expectations. It is a sad moment when a 10 year old sings better and more naturally than the lead character. Both Jackman and Crowe simply did not have the voice or skill to carry parts that require passionate, intense singing. They seemed as fixed as statutes when they needed to be animated. Anne Hathaway performed and sang well -- relief from the other performances and Eddie Redmayne was terrific.
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Les Miserables

By bobhaviland
Written December 26, 2012
I am 71 years old and this was my first musical to ever watch, anywhere. The movie is what my wife wanted for Christmas so this is what she got plus a nice dinner afterwards. (she also got a Mississippi River cruise) It took me about 30 minutes to figure out that all the characters were going to sing all their lines rather than speak. After this I sat back and really enjoyed the movie. I didn't want it to end. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the movie. Every aspect of Les Miserables was great and I am glad I gave my wife a Christmas present that both of us enjoyed. (I'm also going to enjoy the river cruise with her.) Bravo to all involved with the movie!
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Les Miserables

By skqroo
Written December 21, 2014
I've seen the Bdwy. prod. 3 times, and played in the pit of a community prod. However, the movie turned into THE MOST moving and easiest to understand the in-depth storyline of all! The grandeur of the set gave more supportive background info necessary to understand the peoples' trials of the time. When you see it live you might read the synopsis before each act, but then when 9 -15 years go by, you might be caught off guard, and confused momentarily. The movie's transitions were more clear. The cinematography was awesome and varied: including pull aways, zoom in's, and action camera's running through the streets as characters. Acting was some of the most superb I can ever remember! Much had to do with the director's choice to have the singing be done LIVE in the filming! NOTHING like it before!! NOT meant for small children: length and dark story! If this doesn't win BEST PICTURE I'll quit caring about the OSCARS! It's EPIC! Russell Crow was weak as Javert (ONLY complaint)
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All thumbs up

By nesielheum
Written December 29, 2012
I enjoyed the Broadway production, and the PBS specials that showcased Les Mis, and I was not expecting the movie to be anywhere near as entertaining as the Broadway production. I was wrong. This movie exceed my expectations. There were some gaffes and characters that I thought were poorly cast but in the end, entertainment at its finest. Anne Hathaway does deserve the kudos she has been getting for her role in this film.
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