Written January 25, 2015
Hathaway has really come along as an actress and she's gorgeous. The rest is so-so... I've been to a fair number of live musicals, but I had a difficult time sitting through this movie. Some performances were cringe-worthy and lackluster.
Written August 28, 2016
An amazing performance by all - the raw emotion that was displayed in this film brought such a credibility to the delivery of the story, it's characters and the inner values of the story. Most striking is the message of Val Jean's steadfastness to remember the grace he received and to pay that grace forward, replacing the bitterness and hate. It isn't easy to watch - times during that period were desperate and they don't sugar coat that - but sometimes we need a dose of reality to make us understand how much we take for granted. We left the theater humbled.
Written July 24, 2016
I have to preface this review by saying I am a huge fan of this musical. It is my absolute favorite, and I have seen it countless times on tour, on Broadway and regionally-big theaters and small. The film reminded me of one of my favorite staged productions which was in a small theater in the round. Hard to imagine if you have not seen it, but being so close to the actors and in such an intimate setting provided a much more intense experience emotionally. The film succeeds on this level, with the right amount of agnst and emotion, particularly in Hathaway's big number, "I Dreamed A Dream", and Redmayne's "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables". Not a dry eye in the house. Where the film was less successful was in the rest of its casting. Big names sell movies, but did Les Miserables need this when millions upon millions world-wide have seen and love this show? Crowe was awful, Jackman strained, Seyfried-why? Also, where was the gorgeous score? It never seemed to get off the ground.
Written July 25, 2016
I have seen the Broadway Show 4 times. I have seen the road show in Philly 3 times. Every version is different and every one in its own right is beautiful and moving and wonderful entertainment. The film version is also unique and wonderful. It is new and vital and stunning in it's production values. Ann Hathaway steals the show. Loved it!
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.