Written December 26, 2012
I felt like I was doing hard time for some mass murder. It felt like it went on for 3 yrs. Only save grace was Anne Hathaway who was only in it for about 3 minutes which is contrary to promotion of her as the 'star' of the thing.
The rest was endless scenes of Hugh Jackman vying with Russell Crowe for 'worst scenery chewing can't sing worth a lick' performance.
The casting of the young romantic lead left a LOT to desired. Poor Amanda. Don't buy anyone would fall instantly in love with him. Or that he would with a female. And Lea Michele would've been a better choice for Eponine.
And they really should put in the commercials the whole thing is sung. Never would've gone had I known that and that there would be so little Anne.
Just a torturous waste of 3 hrs. Wish I had known Bette and Billy opened same day before I preordered the tickets. Felt like Elaine watching 'The English Patient.' 'Die already!'
Written January 01, 2013
you will most likely love the movie. But you MUST, if at all possible, see it in IMAX, The size, scope, and sound make for an amazing day or night at the movies.
Written December 27, 2012
Whether you've seen the musical or not you will not be disappointed!
Written January 21, 2013
I saw the play and with all the live voices and such, I never really understood the whole thing. The big screen brings this to life in a whole new way. You don't miss a word or, mostly, lyrics.
Anne Hathaway, Russell Crow, Amanda Syfried and Hugh Jackman all do fabulous jobs. AnneHathaway seems to get short shrift on actual time, but while she appears she does very well. I'm not sure it was worth getting her hair cut over.
It's a long film and I should think movie goers looking for action will be bored stiff, as will most kids. You need to be prepared for a long, patient viewing. If that works for you the film will be very worthwhile. Lots and lots of really close-up face shots, almost unnerving at times.
Written January 01, 2013
The power and emotion of the music was subdued to the point of boredom. Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman may be great actors, but they and most of the remaining cast failed when it came to recreating the awesome music. The actors who played Eponine, Young Cosette and Gavrache were standouts. Costumes, & sets were fantastic. But if the music was a fail, the dizzying camera shoots, excessive use of closeups and choppy editing sapped most of the wonder from this epic.