Written December 27, 2012
Been there done that? Not a chance! This film is like a dream and so beautiful there simply aren't adequate words to describe the experience. Think you've seen a great movie musical or two in your lifetime? You haven't seen the best one made in two generations, perhaps ever, if you've missed this one...period. To exhibit this masterpiece in the same venue where a movie like “End of Watch” is also playing is like mixing oil and water, bordering on hilarious. That film, friends, is the truly Miserable one in the house. This film is a must see experience like none other. There's nothing more worthwhile that's been done in film this year.
Written December 27, 2012
I have seen Les Miserables every time it has been to Seattle since I was 18 (40 now) and it is one of the biggest passions in my life. I was unsure if the movie could ever do the musical justice, needless to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised! The performances of Hugh (Jean Valjean) and Anne (Fantine) are superb. Anne's portrayal of Fantine was the best I've ever seen and had me in tears with every scene she was in. Hugh Jackman really surprised me as a wonderful Jean Valjean. Those of you who are true Les Mis fans will be very pleased to see Colm as the bishop!
Disappointments: Russell Crowe as Javert. Russell has a respectable voice but it was way too weak for the role of Javert. Cohen and Carter as Thenardier and Madame were terrible. There was confusion in which accent to use (sometimes French sometimes British) and Carter was a very poorly cast Madame.
Surprises: Theatrical additions to the story and songs were nice and a tender scene with Javert and Gavroche.
Written December 28, 2012
The material is as rich as any movie ever made. The misery and sorrow have built the emotions to unbarable levels for over 20 years. Very inspiring.
However, the best voices in the world have presented it on stage for over 20 years and none are to be found in this piece.
It is just not the same, but still worth going. Seeing the story in a film form adds dimensions not possible on stage and Hugh Jackman is great. The child acters are heart melting and perfectly cast.
LM fans must go. It did deserve better voices, though.
Written December 26, 2012
I dreamed a dreamed that Russell Crowe could sing, but reality killed the dream I dreamed. That reality being that hollywood stardom trumps musical theatre expertise. Where to being? I went in to this one with high expectations and just as many low expectations - all of which were met.
THE GOOD: The gravity of this epic tale was made clear from the moment the film began. The perpetual gloom of the overcast Parisian sky to the dark and seedy alleyways of it’s candlelit underbelly paved the way for the intense moments that pervade this incarnation of LES MISERABLES. Many of those being the closeup of the actors singing.
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Written January 10, 2013
I put a lot of hopes in this one, before I went. And I wasn't disappointed, almost... Let me quickly break it down: Cast was superb, singing performances were great, acting performances were awesome - Hugh Jackman might get 'the best actor' this year, directors decisions were very interesting, but too bad camera didn't catch all of that beauty too well... Don't get me wrong, cinematography was superb, but in certain shots it was overdone somehow. Like for instance: abuse of close-ups with a shallow depth of field. Steadicam shots were overused as well... But overall it is an instant classic. Go and see it!
P.S. Went to see it for the second time :) The more I see it, the more I love it!