Written April 30, 2016
Very enjoyable and filled with deep religious grace that made it even more powerful. It is a long movie that is not very suitable for restless children.
Written May 03, 2016
I was very impressed!! I am not a "musical" movie person. However, this was amazing! First, I had no idea Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman could sing so well. Secondly, to be able to act and sing simultaneously and flawlessly...wow! As for Anne Hathaway, she should get an Oscar. She sang beautifully and with such raw emotion. I was totally surprised...I went as a Christmas gift to my wife, but I was the one who was apparently on Santa's "nice" list. Enjoyed the movie immensely!!
Written December 26, 2012
We were absolutely thrilled to be the first to see this movie on Christmas Day, but what a disappointment it was, particularly compared to the stage productions. The talent on the live stage has always been of the first quality, even in the productions at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. One would hope that given the huge sums of money spent on this movie they could have gotten stars that could sing, not Russell Crowe, who obviously can't sing a note, and Hugh Jackman was only average at best. If not for the supporting actors, the movie would have been a total loss. At least we were able to enjoy some real talent and singing from them. If we would have seen the movie prior to the stage production, we NEVER would have spent the money. What is so disappointing is that the general public, those who have not been fortunate enough to see live musical theater, will believe that mediocrity rules. Too bad.
Written July 01, 2016
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hatheway were incredible and convincing. For Russell Crowe, the singing was too much. If you have never seen this classic muical, now is your chance. Remember it is a musical and the entire movie is sung by its actors.
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.