Written October 29, 2014
It seems a lot of people want to be critics. And the critics are just performing for us. and to keep their jobs. All that said - this movie kept a sold out crowd spellbound and teary eyed. No, things were not perfect but it was awesome to see the actors up close and not just on stage. Their range of emotions during a musical were excellent!
Watch it - it is quality movie-making.
Written October 25, 2014
I teared up several times. This was an extremely powerful and emotional film. Incredible. The actors were all phenomenal, acting as well as singing.
Now to the credit of the director and everyone behind the scenes, they did amazing. This is absolutely the best transition from play to film that's been done. The singing live on set was genius, the crafting of the sets and camera work was flawless. This thing is going to take some academy awards home this year sure. Not all of them, but they will certainly not leave empty handed. Well done!
Written January 27, 2015
Les Miserables depicted a number of characters going from young to old. ... we aged right along with them. They can't kill the compelling story, but we were disappointed that actors' star power seemed to have trumped singing ability when they cast this version. If they want stars, go the 1998-movie route (starring Liam Neeson) and skip the singing! ... Maybe seeing it on Broadway spoiled me. There was Colm Wilkinson (who brought Valjean from the London musical to Broadway in '87) right on hand to do the singing role proud, but he was relegated to just playing the priest. Oh well.
Written September 20, 2014
Saw this today after having seen the Broadway version. Expectations were not high, but I was completely blown away by the the whole production. Just freaking amazing. I took my 23 and 22 year old sons and my 16 year old daughter and everyone of us got drawn into the story- even after we have seen the story so many times. I was emotional, and I am NOT an emotional person. I can only say that the entire cast and supporting production teams have created a movie that will be around for generations, just like the story, it will not get old. I am going again, taking my wife- and can't wait!
Written October 21, 2014
It was 2.5 hours and bloody well worth it. It seemed so fast and although not all the actors were "fantastic" some put their heart and soul into it. Hugh and Anne were amazing, and I am sure we all had our doubts. Russel Crowe was probably not the best choice, as was Amanda Seyfried. Eddie as Marius did nothing for me as well BUT some of the minor characters stole the show. Young Cosette, Enjolras, and Gavroche--- that little boy was amazing.
All in all hands down best movie of 2012. It was poignant and emotional. Raw and beautiful. It will have you in tears and it will make you want to see it again and again. If you were a fan of Les Miz before or new, this movie did justice and served extra. I can't wait to see it again!