December 26, 2012
Overall, an incredible translation of the stage production with only a couple of flat notes...
Having been a fan of the stage production for over 20 years, I admit a bit of bias going in. Both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were pitch perfect in their portrayals of Jean Valjean and Fantine respectively. Jackman's singing was by turns powerful, soul wrenching, and menacing as he finds first the bottom of his despair after leaving prison to the heights of his moral courage when trying to save Fantine and Marius. Hathaway, who was criticized for her singing after the first trailer came out over the summer, redeems herself in the actual movie and is never more powerful than in her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream". She shows the torture of a woman caught in circumstances beyond her control and who's only desire is to save her child. As for problems, the most glaring is Russell Crowe as Javert. He turns in a lifeless singing performance and you never truly believe the conflict in him regarding morality and the law.
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