Written September 03, 2014
At the end of the movie, when the credits started, a majority of the audience spontaneously applauded. It was that good. I was pleasantly surprised. EXCELLENT use of the medium to show what you had to imagine or simply didn't think about during the stage production.
Written August 30, 2014
Les MIserables is a wonderful film. It is extremely moving. You would have to be a committed cynic to not like it. The performances of the actors are superb, including the singing of the actors with one exception. In type, Russell Crowe is well cast, in voice, he chants & did not truly reach the depths of inner anguish required for the role. His most tragic moment near the end of the film looks to me like he is just having a bad day at the office, not plunged in regret, sorrow & guilt. I expected the same kind of anguish we saw in him in A Beautfiul Mind. All the other characters are richly and deeply expressed by the cast, in particular Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, the young ladies and all the very young child actors. I found the comic relief duo led by "Borat" only annoying. Too much jerky, close-up camera movement at times made me motion sick. Yet, Inspite of its flaws, the work of Jackman, Hathaway et all, left me with tears in my eyes and triumph in my heart!
Written December 26, 2012
The imillions of faithful followers of this no-spoken-dialogue pop opera will flock to any incarnation. For everyone else, try to be kind. Producers clearly wanted the A-list actors for two reasons: for box office clout, and to make the soap-opera-smaltzy sung dialogue seem almost credible, at least in super closeup. Anne Hathaway gives a moving performance as the ill-fated (and early departing) Fantine, and Hugh Jackman, who had a stage singing career early on, will probably be the greatest surprise to film fans. But when the "real" singers arrive -the young revolutionaries and the wonderful Samantha Barks as Eponine -- all the leads except for Jackman seem out of place. More successful is the staging of the comedy numbers like "Master of the House" with Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the grifters, although those numbers seem odd set in director Tom Hooper's ultra-realistic Parisian slums.
Written September 30, 2014
I loved the stage production. The music is wonderful ........ but the movie has chosen to ignore the beautiful music and opt for great actors who do the story justice but can not do the music justice. If you love the music this production will not satisfy. If you can settle for a well acted story you will like it. And what is it with Javier walking around on the roof tops of Paris? It does not make up for his inability to deliver the great music that Javier sings.
Written December 26, 2012
I loved the stage musical and it translated well to the stage. Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream" was the highlight for me. Eddie Redmayne lives up to the promise we saw in him in "My Week with Marilyn." The kids were amazing. Hugh Jackman was unrecognizable at first, and powerful throughout. Russell Crowe is not a great singer, but he is a great actor, so he pulled it off. Kudos to the director for making the actors sing live.