Written January 16, 2017
Awesome job. Seen it on stage a few times, and this film does it justice....and then some. Who knew that Anne Hathaway had THAT in her? Wow. When Russell Crowe is your weakest link, you've got a heckavu movie on your hands! Excellent cinematography, it's like the stage version coming to life before your very eyes. And I LOVE that they worked Colm Wilkenson into it. He IS Les Mis, so it's very cool that they tipped their hat to him like that. I was so afraid that it wouldn't live up to my very high expectations. It did. Tough job for Jackman to hit "Bring Him Home", but he was in a no win situation with that if you're holding him to Colm Wilkenson's standard. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "I Dreamed a Dream" were both fantastic (get the tissues ready for those, btw). I loved Lincoln and was convinced that nothing could beat that, but I stand corrected. Tough Oscar year.
Written August 25, 2016
Don't buy popcorn because you will not want to miss one second of this movie! Beautiful cinematography.. The way the continuity of the story was constructed made if much easier to follow the plot (if there is anyone who doesn't know it already). The writing, directing, and cutting were all superb, creating a cohesiveness not found in any other version. I LOVED the way the music became part of the drama, rather than a separate art form. Gut-wrenching, stunningly beautiful in all of its terribleness. An ending that could have been cliche and cloying was instead a fitting conclusion to this masterful interpretation of Hugo's magnificent story of justice, mercy, and redemption.
Written January 24, 2017
Ok, so I'm pretty familiar with the music and general story line of Les Miz. That still did not prepare me for how great and epic (hate that word, but it fits) this movie is. For the record, yes, there are actors who sing in this movie, and not really many singers who act, but who cares? This wasn't the opera, it was a movie, and the acting was AMAZING. It moved me, which I say so infrequently about movies these days. I'm even going to go back to see it next week, and will drag along the ball-and-chain, who I daresay, may love it too. Anyway, I'm off to buy the soundtrack, so good night, and go see this movie!
Written September 29, 2016
The acting in this movie is fantastic--I wasn't sure I would like characters singing throughout, but in fact it was very powerful and somehow even seemed natural. The emotional range of the actors--particularly in the close-ups--is amazing and their voices stunning in scene after scene. Definitely worth seeing even if you are not much a fan of musicals.
Written August 29, 2016
This isn't a clone of the stage musical, but I thought it worked rather well. The story line more closely resembles the novel than the stage version did. There are new songs that meshed well, and remembered songs have had lyrics modified or eliminated. "Little People" was cut to one verse, moved to the barricade scene, and cut off with violence, which was a bit of a shame.
Speaking of little people, little Cosette was a little scene-stealer and cute as a button.
I expected the closing scene with Jean, Cosette, and Marius to be a tear-jerker just like the stage version, and I was not disappointed. The finale was spectacular.
Biggest surprise of the movie: Russell Crowe can actually sing. His range is limited, and it showed in spots, but he was still wildly effective as Javert and his suicide scene was a CGI masterpiece.
Will see again.?