Written May 04, 2015
I had see the play once at Keller in Portland OR. I have heard the songs and been told the story but just did not quite understand the musical. While watching the movie I was deeply moved. What a powerful portrayal of the themes of sin, redemption, and the power of choice.
I heard people say they thought the music was better in the live plays but I was so wrapped up in the actors singing...I thought it was better than the play...
Written July 07, 2015
Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals. Unfortunately, the film version did fulfill my expectations. It is a sad moment when a 10 year old sings better and more naturally than the lead character. Both Jackman and Crowe simply did not have the voice or skill to carry parts that require passionate, intense singing. They seemed as fixed as statutes when they needed to be animated.
Anne Hathaway performed and sang well -- relief from the other performances and Eddie Redmayne was terrific.
Written December 26, 2012
This movie is ****. I mean, from the sewers of France that our hero Jean Valjean goes sloshing around in ****. Sitting through this will make YOU Les Miserables. As a stage production, Les Miserables only worked because of incredible vocal performances; the score is paper thin and ploddingly repetitive. As a movie, with fine actors giving terrible vocal performances, I literally had to leave the theater before my head exploded out of boredom. I only came back in because I couldn't leave my 90 year old father in there alone. I understand that musicals have to have characters talk/singing their way through linking action, but the constant use of short meaningless musical phrases for such brilliant lines as "Will you go with me?" "You know I can't" became quickly unbearable.
The film plods on and on and on and refuses to end. It's an atrocious misfire and a waste of about $200,000,000.
Written May 06, 2015
I enjoyed the Broadway production, and the PBS specials that showcased Les Mis, and I was not expecting the movie to be anywhere near as entertaining as the Broadway production. I was wrong. This movie exceed my expectations. There were some gaffes and characters that I thought were poorly cast but in the end, entertainment at its finest. Anne Hathaway does deserve the kudos she has been getting for her role in this film.
Written July 05, 2015
It's amazing how differently the same story comes across when presented in a different format. I've read the book, seen the play and now the movie. Each has something unique to offer. The story is compelling in any genre, and while I personally enjoyed the roadshow the best, I did enjoy the movie. I think the movie actors who are cinema professionals did an outstanding job with the character portrayals. I thought Anne Hathaway especially brought a depth of character to Fontine that you wouldn't find in the roadshow. With Russell Crowe as Jabert, he came across as much more human than the strict "legal automaton" that one usually imagines. That said, the road show are cast not only for their acting abilities, but for their voices. If you are expecting the same quality of musicianship, you might be a little disappointed. It's a trade, but again, one worthy of making. I think the best thing about the movie is that it brings the timeless story of "Les Mis" to the masses.