December 26, 2012
Anne Hathaway slam dunks it for an Oscar
There are many reasons to see the film despite its hefty length and some drag in the pace. If only to be reminded of the similarities and differences between our lives today and the 19th century, we can find lessons and reassurances. The cinematography is stunning and the costumes period accurate with touches of grand and humor.
Hathaway's performance both vocally and emotively, rises clear and brilliant in a role normally ranked as supporting actress to a lead role. For Hathaway fans, this performance, her leap from really good into the great actress category, deserves an Oscar.
Hugh Jackman, a master song-and-dance man, makes his greatest screen performance in the male lead as the persecuted Jean Valjean.
Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) and Samantha Barks (Eponine) also deliver the goods vocally with solid performances.
157 minutes could've been slashed with over long scenes with revolutionaries and grifters, but all in all, a classic redo you don't want to miss!
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