Written September 09, 2013
Hugh Jackman's acting is stunning as always. But the surprise in this movie, is Anne Hathaway. She blew me away; I honestly did not think she had it in her. She is always cast in these chick-flick-like silly rolls. She deserved that Oscar. Great Job!
It was a really good version of this Masterpiece. It kept my attention the whole time and did not lag. Definitely worth watching at least once. 7.5 out of 10! Excellent!
Written December 20, 2014
I have to preface this review by saying I am a huge fan of this musical. It is my absolute favorite, and I have seen it countless times on tour, on Broadway and regionally-big theaters and small. The film reminded me of one of my favorite staged productions which was in a small theater in the round. Hard to imagine if you have not seen it, but being so close to the actors and in such an intimate setting provided a much more intense experience emotionally. The film succeeds on this level, with the right amount of agnst and emotion, particularly in Hathaway's big number, "I Dreamed A Dream", and Redmayne's "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables". Not a dry eye in the house. Where the film was less successful was in the rest of its casting. Big names sell movies, but did Les Miserables need this when millions upon millions world-wide have seen and love this show? Crowe was awful, Jackman strained, Seyfried-why? Also, where was the gorgeous score? It never seemed to get off the ground.
Written December 26, 2012
I am 71 years old and this was my first musical to ever watch, anywhere. The movie is what my wife wanted for Christmas so this is what she got plus a nice dinner afterwards. (she also got a Mississippi River cruise)
It took me about 30 minutes to figure out that all the characters were going to sing all their lines rather than speak. After this I sat back and really enjoyed the movie. I didn't want it to end.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the movie. Every aspect of Les Miserables was great and I am glad I gave my wife a Christmas present that both of us enjoyed. (I'm also going to enjoy the river cruise with her.)
Bravo to all involved with the movie!
Written December 21, 2014
I've seen the Bdwy. prod. 3 times, and played in the pit of a community prod. However, the movie turned into THE MOST moving and easiest to understand the in-depth storyline of all! The grandeur of the set gave more supportive background info necessary to understand the peoples' trials of the time. When you see it live you might read the synopsis before each act, but then when 9 -15 years go by, you might be caught off guard, and confused momentarily. The movie's transitions were more clear. The cinematography was awesome and varied: including pull aways, zoom in's, and action camera's running through the streets as characters. Acting was some of the most superb I can ever remember! Much had to do with the director's choice to have the singing be done LIVE in the filming! NOTHING like it before!! NOT meant for small children: length and dark story! If this doesn't win BEST PICTURE I'll quit caring about the OSCARS! It's EPIC! Russell Crow was weak as Javert (ONLY complaint)
Written January 25, 2015
Les MIserables is a wonderful film. It is extremely moving. You would have to be a committed cynic to not like it. The performances of the actors are superb, including the singing of the actors with one exception. In type, Russell Crowe is well cast, in voice, he chants & did not truly reach the depths of inner anguish required for the role. His most tragic moment near the end of the film looks to me like he is just having a bad day at the office, not plunged in regret, sorrow & guilt. I expected the same kind of anguish we saw in him in A Beautfiul Mind. All the other characters are richly and deeply expressed by the cast, in particular Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, the young ladies and all the very young child actors. I found the comic relief duo led by "Borat" only annoying. Too much jerky, close-up camera movement at times made me motion sick. Yet, Inspite of its flaws, the work of Jackman, Hathaway et all, left me with tears in my eyes and triumph in my heart!