Written September 02, 2015
I went to Les Mis wanting to love it and I left loving it -- but there were moments I considered walking out. The score is brilliant and so is the cinematography but it's fair to say there are moments, especially in the first half, when the story line is slow and the operatic style (arias, recitatives and choruses) grows somewhat weary, especially if one is not a fan of opera. If you're into religious allegory, you might see Javert as Old Testament and Jean Valjean as New Testament -- each of them brilliant characters. I thought the brothel scenes were over-the-top compared to the rest of the film and had a Mel Brooks quality that didn't work for me.
We saw Les Miserables in IMAX and it is awesome! I'm a complete fan of IMAX and I heard subtleties in the sound track of Les Miserables that I'd never noticed before. It is a definite "Must Experience!"
Written December 26, 2012
The movie was mesmerizing. I cried through the whole thing but I felt great about it. My boyfriend had never seen Les Mis although he'd heard the soundtrack before. He said he felt like going out to help people in need and start a revolution all at once!
Go see it in IMAX!
Written December 31, 2012
Best show, not just a movie I've seen in years. We saw it at the iMAX, and it totally draws you in. The music was outstanding, and the acting and cinematography were great.
Written May 28, 2016
My 1st and 5th time seeing this movie was in IMAX - it IS the ultimate experience. I've seen the stage performance 18 times and I am extremely pleased with the movie. Every time I am shattered to tears. Every time I am swept away with the music, the story, the close ups and magnificent glory of this story! Every performance (yes, even Russell) is great. Can't wait to own it on DVD! LES MIZ #1!!!!!
Written July 28, 2016
If you love Les Mis on stage (and, as long as you're not a stage snob), you will love this movie. It was amazing!!! I want to go again and again before it leaves theaters. I saw Les Mis on stage in London, so nothing quite measures up to that. But, this film was done incredibly well. Story was easy to follow, and all important parts left in. (Not like previous film versions.) I agree with other reviewers who have said that Russell Crowe probably wasn't the best choice for Javert; not as a singer, anyway. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were at their best! Could have done without Sacha Baron Cohen. Not a fan. As long as you don't expect to go in and see the stage performance on screen, you will be glad you saw this film. I can not wait to see how many Oscars this one wins! :)