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!
Written October 27, 2014
Warning: Not for simple minds. If you do NOT like musicals, theater, or drama, wait for the dvd or don't watch. This is not your typical mindless, eye candy, mannequin acting. Les Miserable is ARTISTIC, a sample of what actors should be. Spoken dialogue is almost non-existent, the entire drama, unexplained politics & plot unfolds before you in the criminal baritone voice of Hugh Jackman- "Jean Valjean," (aka Prisoner 24601) & the shockingly beautiful voice of Anne Hathaway as the doomed "Fantine." These 2 alone, make the movie worth watching. I must admit I went in cynically assuming Anne would not meet my highest expectations, she exceeded them & I have a new respect for her. Russell Crowe - " Inspector Javert" amazing actor, but should not sing, gets a 10 for effort. Isabelle Allen-"young Cosette," beautiful acting & singing. Amanda Seyfried - Older Cosette, screeching voice, annoyed me. Samantha Barks - "Éponin" short lived character, but she is great.
Overall: I LOVE IT!
Written December 26, 2012
If you're looking for a movie like Chicago or Hairspray, don't go see this film. This musical is really more an operetta and the singing is non-stop. In addition, it is majorly emotionally charged and not for the faint of heart.
The performances are superb across the boards. The only casting I was mildly disappointed in was Eddie Redmayne as Marius. His look and acting were fine but I am not a fan of his voice which made it a little hard to enjoy his performance. I was very impressed with the women of the cast.
All in all, if you are a fan of the show, or even just a serious theater person, go see it. :)
Written January 26, 2015
Seen the stage show 11 times...this was fantastic! BRAVISSIMO TO HUGH JACKMAN AND AARON TVEIT AND EDDIE REDMAYNE!
BRAVISSIMA TO ANNE HATHAWAY AND SAMANTHA BARKS!
IMHO, the close up camera shots were great, brought home the emotion for me more so than what a stage production can give. It will be a challenge to keep your tears at bay, so be forewarned that it is heartbreaking to watch at times! Heard sniffles all through the theatre and then was not expecting the outbreak of thunderous applause after the final chord.
Is it perfect?...no, but as a classically trained singer and educator who has seen the show 11 times, I absolutely loved it. I can appreciate the technically and vocally demanding score and the talent that is required to bring it to fruition. This was a monumental task and I am happy to say WELL DONE!