Written December 26, 2012
Went to see Les Mis without great expectations. I was not disappointed. Way, way too long. I could not believe that was Hugh Jackman singing. Where did his voice go??? I did believe that was Russell Crowe singing, because he is not a singer!!!! He is an actor. Was it not possible to find a singer and an actor in one body?????? Ann Hathaway was fantastic. Too bad she was gone in the first 30 minutes. Yes, cinematography was beautiful. Yes it was an epic. Yes, if you loved the play, you will love the movie, all 2hours and 37 minutes of it. Sorry not to be on the Les Mis bandwagon. It's back to my old favorite Phantom of the Opera movie today to help me try to forget yesterday's disaster. SK
Written August 01, 2014
I knew Russell Crowe wasn't going to be a strong singer from the trailers, but I was surprised at how disappointing Hugh Jackman's singing voice sounded. It was very nasally. And he could not pull off the best number of the show "Bring Him Home". And I'm not sure why the director felt the need to have strange camera angles and have the camera up everyone's noses the whole time. Too much cutting back and forth between close-ups. Very distracting. Overall, still love the music (and part of my problem is that I have the amazing original Broadway cast recording in my brain), but the next time I see Les Miz will be on the stage.
Written September 01, 2014
In a word Beautiful. They took this classic musical and reinvented while keeping all the same elements we have grown to love. Filmed to perfection but make sure you have a stock in Kleenex.
Written January 01, 2013
A great movie, but I have found that some of the incredible drama of the original stage production was lost because the performers, though pretty good, are not good enough singers for the material. I wish they had enlisted real singers, not famous actors for the roles. With the exception of Fontine, Marius and Cozette (both young and old) the rest of the cast was good, but not great. If they had real singing talent on the screen this would have been one of the greatest movies of all time. Using established talent, though safe, made it fall far short of what I was expecting.
Written December 28, 2012
If you're a fan of Les Miserables and/or musicals... this is a must go.
If not, this may be a long movie for you.
This rendition of Les Miserables does not follow the Broadway show or the novel verbatim. The general story is there, but several character relationships are disconnected from their as written roles. Despite being streamlined, the story is cohesive.
The acting in this movie is beyond top shelf. That being said, Hugh Jackman has a tough time pulling off the vocals and Russell Crowe's characterization of Javert doesn't have the curt and clipped vocals expected of his character. Anne Hathaway absolutely steals the show with her performance. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter provided a nice touch of comedy.
I found the visuals just ok, but I'm recently spoiled from the amazingly beautiful sets of Anna Karenina. That's less important as Les Miserables focuses heavily on the characters faces.
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