Written December 25, 2012
Acting, Singing, Costumes, Make up, setting out standing. I've seen the musical on stage many times, this film magnifies the emotional content of the piece due to the close ups of teh actors.
Written December 27, 2012
We have been fans of Les Miz from its opening over twenty years ago. Of course one does not expect a movie version to be the same. Admirable that the Director would choose to have the actors sing during takes rather than lip sync. Looked good, sounded blah. The magnitude of the scenes was breathtaking.! There can be no doubt that this was an excellent film with accurate visual details. I felt transported to events preceeding the Revolution. I wish they were less graphic in the violence. Javier's suicide didn't need the cracked back to be effective.
Sadly, the musical seems completely lost in the thrill of making a megazillion dollar cinema. Hugh's voice was so nasal that Willie Nelson would have sounded like Pavorotti. When Russell Crowe sounds better than Wolverine, something just ain't right. If you're a fan, you gotta go, if not, don't let this disappointment stop you from seeing the real thing one day.
As for cushions, my derrière was worn out long before they got to Paris
Written July 11, 2013
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Written December 30, 2012
Incredibly well crafted but about 2 hours too long. A dumb depressing story about people in a time and place that nobody really cares about. Just when you think it may be over it goes on and on. See it to say that you did, but don't say you were not warned...........
Written December 26, 2012
A thrill. I give it an 8 out of 10. Every lead was terrific: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe (who can sing!) were a perfect pairing. Eddie Redmayne (as Marius) has a great voice and presence. Samantha Barks (as Eponine) knocked me over with her fine voice and beauty. I think Anne Hathaway’s dramatics could have toned down a little, but she was good. The entire cast was terrific.
Criticism: A couple of songs and events that were in the play and original story were left out. They were relevant, and I missed them. The opening setting was overdone, the costumes and makeup a bit over the top re the poor and wretched.