December 28, 2012
I have been a fan of theatre and film since I was a kid in the 50's. This is the best film production of a musical that I've seen in almost 60 years, & I've seen many that I've really liked. The direction, acting and vocals are superb technically and artistically. I've seen 3 productions of "Les Mis" on stage in 20 years. This is the 1st time I really understood the story; a very well edited film.
Hugh Jackman delivers not only the best performance I've seen this year, but perhaps the best performance I've ever seen by a film actor. Anne Hathaway is excellent, and her voice is simply beautiful. Russell Crowe gives a performance that is better than I expected after reading reviews, but he is not in the league of Jackman or Hathaway.
Eddie Redmayne was a great surprise. He was familiar to me, then I realized I'd seen him in "My Week With Marilyn," "Elizabeth I" with Helen Mirren, "Elizabeth Golden Age" with Cate Blanchett, and more. Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) was wonderful.
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