December 27, 2012
Offers the one thing the stage version can't: Great Close-Ups
Les Mis was very, very good. Saw the Broadway version twice, and the touring Broadway version once, this review comes from someone who already loves the stage version. The movie satisfies the one thing you can't get from the stage: close-ups that show the emotion of the characters... which really helps with following the details of the plot that can be missed if you don't listen closely to the lyrics. Acting was good - Russell Crowe hit the mark with Javert's good man, committed to the law, torn by facing the truth. Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean was tragic, beautiful, and moving. Anne Hathaway was incredible as Fantine. The only thing that's missing (and that I really, really longed for) was those Broadway voices... which this movie simply won't give you (especially at a theatre with a mediocre sound system). I'd give it a "very good" for acting, directing and cinematography but it falls short of "incredible" without those Broadway voices.
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