Written August 25, 2016
Despite some strong performances and gorgeous score, Les Miz suffers from it's bloated length and standstill pacing. It's also hard to get past some of the performances as we never forget that the stars who are playing them are well....stars. If you love musical theater you should see it, so you can say you saw it but be prepared....there's no intermission.
Written January 19, 2017
But I cried like a baby as soon as Anne Hathaway started to sing. I managed to stop until the last half an hour when something horrible happens and I sob for the rest of the movie along with the entire audience even the guys and a woman who has seen the movie 5 times. Hugh Jackman I bow down to him, Anne Hathaway, you've grown to be an incredible actress and Russell Crowe, not as bad singing as I thought. It was all amazing; one of the best and I wish you all great success at the Academy Awards because I will be rooting for you especially Hugh. What a wonderful, wonderful movie!
Written October 26, 2016
Unbelievable, incredible, true to the source of not only the original Victor Hugo text, but the Broadway (and everywhere ELSE) musical of this and every other century to come!
They added a bit, cut a bit, moved a few things around here and there, but nothing anyone but the purest Les Miz fanatics would notice. Plenty of audience applause, plenty of tissues used. Wanted to see it again, but all shows around here are SOLD OUT.
On the short negative, Colin sang a much better "Bring Him Home" and just about ALL actors playing Javert sang better than Russell Crow, but that man can certainly ACT. IMAX was amazing, however the freckles on Marius's face were a bit too much up close. Missed seeing the "ghosts" of empty chairs. There won't be a dry eye in the house at the finale!! GO SEE THIS MOVIE! Victor Hugo, wherever you are, thank you!!
Written March 26, 2017
Well, Les Mis was a spectacle, but what were they thinking with Russell Crowe as Javert. He seemed a pale imitation of the looming villian I remember on the stage. And, wasn't that a part for a strong baritone or bass, not a thin, whispy tenor? And, what was it with all those in the face close-ups? Otherwise, the film was a gripping, entertaining experience.
Written July 26, 2016
This musical is my absolute favorite, and my expectations for the movie were (perhaps) too high. I knew I would come out disappointed on some level. That didn't happen! Yes, they left some things out and added some stuff in. These changes do not necessarily offset, but what makes this movie so worth it is the method of filming. The live singing was spectacular because it allowed the actors to improvise their acting with the songs. The effect was STUNNING. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman both blew me away with their performances. As a huge fan of Colm Wilkinson, I loved his part as the Bishop. My favorite song is "Stars," and Russell Crowe was better than I expected him to be (bonus!). The cinematography was beautiful and allowed viewers access to scenery and characters that had been impossible to depict on stage. The costumes and orchestrations were beautiful. Oscar-worthy performances from Jackman and Hathaway for sure! Remember to bring tissues - you're gonna need them!