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Lives Up To Its Name

By pdebuss
Written December 26, 2012
This movie will no doubt be praised endlessly by the fans of the musical - and I will go so far as to say if you loved the musical, then you'll love the movie. However, as an objective observer, and one not acquainted with the musical, I'll offer my take. As a disclaimer, I have to say I like musicals and I had high hopes for this experience as I walked into the theater. But, I have to say I was sorely disappointed. It's hard to know where to begin to critique, so I may as well jump in. Briefly: pacing - terrible; the movie staggers from one scene to the next with no transitioning. Cinematography - claustrophobic; 2.5 hours of singing with everyone's face right in the camera. Acting - varied from flat to overwrought (Miss Hathaway is painful to endure). Singing - nearly unbearable. Some of the female vocals are flat (again, Miss Hathaway), Mr. Crowe sings as if he's in a trance. Music - meandering tunes(?) that leave one grasping for a melody. Overall, a brutal performance!
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Cannot wait to go again

By kidfarm
Written December 25, 2012
This was worth all the hype. If you are looking for Perfect Singing, don't go. BUT if you are moved by the music, bring an extra box of Kleenex to share. Spontaneous applause, crying, singing, laughing, sobbing . . . What a wonderful movie adventure!
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Les Miserables

By Pawfanjpc
Written December 26, 2012
True to the book. Cast is excellent although vocally inferior to any broadway stage production. Easily overlooked with superior acting and each fits the character. Anne Hathaway gives Oscar worthy performance as does Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Highly recommend. Don't miss this. Especially if you are a musical lover.
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Les Miserables

By tdbowen812
Written December 26, 2012
Although the movie theater was full, I had never been in such a quiet, still environment. We were all awestruck. This was not a movie, it was an experience. We laughed. We cried. The beauty of it all. At the ending, the audience gave it a standing ovation!
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If you liked the stage production you'll generally like the movie

By Novice_Reviewer
Written December 26, 2012
The movie did have flaws. Les Mis is all about the message wrapped in a spectacular sound track. The weakest part of the movie, however, was the inability of the main protaganists (Hugh jackman as Jean Val Jean and Russell Crow especially as Javert) to deliver the voices that are needed to carry the compelling music. Without that, it's just another drama. Fans of the stage show will generally overlook the shortcoming although probably leave the theatre unfulfilled. I'm not so sure about the casual moviegoer. A further problem is the incessant closeups, although I understand that they were necessary to block out the boom mikes that were needed to record the live singing during filming. All in all, a Go to See, but don't expect to be overwhelmed.
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