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Les Miserables

By bobhaviland
Written December 26, 2012
I am 71 years old and this was my first musical to ever watch, anywhere. The movie is what my wife wanted for Christmas so this is what she got plus a nice dinner afterwards. (she also got a Mississippi River cruise) It took me about 30 minutes to figure out that all the characters were going to sing all their lines rather than speak. After this I sat back and really enjoyed the movie. I didn't want it to end. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the movie. Every aspect of Les Miserables was great and I am glad I gave my wife a Christmas present that both of us enjoyed. (I'm also going to enjoy the river cruise with her.) Bravo to all involved with the movie!
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A Valiant Effort

By ilovemusicals99
Written October 20, 2014
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.
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Mediocrity

By dellio1
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.
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Les Miz

By vano1944
Written September 17, 2014
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.
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Les Miz: Mostly for the faithful

By virtualdrama
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.
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