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Les Miz: Mostly for the faithful

By virtualdrama
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.
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Les Miserables

By lindathorp
Written December 28, 2012
this was a very unique film, the combination of the singing and the fantastic scenery with a cast of thousands made it a winner all the way around.
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Beautifully Done.

By Harlembruh
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.
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Russell Crowe Can't Sing!

By pedsarq
Written December 27, 2012
I was lucky enough to see this movie last night at a special AMC Stubs members screening. You should know going into this film that it's not a cinematic version of the Victor Hugo Novel by the same name; rather, think of it as a film version of the ultra-popular Broadway Musical "Les Miserable." You will, however, be treated to mega-million dollar, computer-aided special effects scenes. And, there are many scenes where the story moves like a dramatic movie, but all of the musical numbers from the Broadway show are interjected throughout. Unfortunately, this also involves sitting through Russell Crowe singing, which did not work for me at all. Anyway, it's a very elaborate and rich production, and the acting is very good. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are remarkable. Russell Crowe is great whenever he's not singing!
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Les Miz was wonderful!

By dpswarn
Written December 26, 2012
“Les Miz” movie was sooooo good! Yes, as good as they exclaimed in previews and reviews! Much better than expected from a movie made from a live stage show. Of course the singing can’t be as tremendous as live voices on Broadway or the equivalent, but it was quite good. To its credit, the movie did not try to add scenes, places and explanations that weren’t in the stage show. Many parts, especially the early ones with Fantine, were actually “improved” in the movie because they made me feel so much sadder and cry even more for her terrible life and lost dreams. Yes, I cried through the movie at the same places and for the same songs and happenings as I do every time I see the musical. The only problem with the movie: it was 2 ½ hours long—which was okay and welcomed—but without an intermission as we have in the theatre: long time to sit with beer and Bloody Mary inside.
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