Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.
Release Date: December 25, 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Cast: Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks
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Heart breaking, painful movie. Very hard to watch... but a must see. I left the movie with a broken soul. So much sorrow and suffering. We learn that the only "revolution" is in the heart and the only peace to be found is in God. Profound.
Most people I talk to are missing the words to the song at the end of the movie and there by missing the whole point of the movie. They hear the song of the French revolution and assume the words are the same as the song of the French revolution in the beginning of the movie.
They have ears, but do not hear and eyes but do not see. Let me print the words of the last song. It it not a spoiler of the movie, but an enhancer. Listen carefully:
Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth
there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
and the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom
in the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the ploughshare;
they will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
and all men will have their reward.
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
when tomorrow comes!
This is the essence of the movie, the redemption through God, and why Hollywood can not accept the movie and will only give it 2 1/2 stars.January 3rd, 2013 · Details7 Thanks ·
While many will enjoy this rendition of Les Mis, from my perspective, I was disappointed. It feels like they missed a great opportunity. Here is why: in the musical, what evokes the strong emotions and makes it such a masterpiece is the music. For 25 years, that music has been sung by some of the most talented and amazing performers.
So when they started to announce the cast, I was a little worried, but thought "hey, they can fix some of the musical flaws in post production." Then when I heard they were using the live singing from the set, I loved the idea, but then I was nervous. Here you have many actors who are amazing at acting, but they are not singers.
And it shows in the movie. While it is visually stunning and the acting is superb, the music left me something to be desired. Hugh Jackman, who I really like as an actor, was all over the place with the timing of the music, and while he hit most of the notes, it felt like he was singing to a camera, not projecting to an audience.
There were glimmers of hope of what could have been throughout the movie. Eponine and Marius where excellent, and Marius's rendition of Empty Chairs and Empty Tables was excellent. But contrasting it with Jackman's "Bring Him Home", one of the most memorable points in the musical, just left me wanting for something better.
So here is the missed opportunity: to introduce a much larger audience who not might all have the chance to see the broadway to the powerful story of Les Miserables *through the amazing music*. Instead, they tell a compelling story, but the music just feels subpar. If they wanted to do the live stage singing, they should have cast a broadway cast, not a hollywood cast.
So is it worth your time? I'd say its fine to see at least once. But if you are a huge fan of the broadway, then the music will leave something to be desired. Which seems odd, since this is a movie rendition of a musical.5 Thanks ·
I dreamed a dream that this movie was incredible, but seeing the actual movie killed that dream I dreamed. Who am I (to diss this movie)? Stars. This movie has plenty of them. I'm going out on a limb with this, but Russell Crowe was not that bad. His nasal, shallow voice was symbolic of the narrow-mindedness of Javert. Hugh Jackman was terrific throughout, as was Anne Hathaway.
The problem is that the movie is just too long. I nearly fell asleep three different times. Surprisingly, since it comes from such well-known literature, it felt very disjointed -- like the narrative from Mama Mia: a randomly strewn together plot to string together barely related but lovely songs. All that said, the redemption story of Jean Valjean and the finale with Fantine made the whole 3 hour ordeal worth my time. I couldn't help feel the spirit of one of the greatest lines in music: "To love another person is to see the face of God."
By the way, 24601 is an actual zip code in Virginia. Look it up. That's one way I passed the time during some of the more boring parts of this epic.January 22nd, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
This is an extremely powerful and compelling story. The music was great and the entire show hits hard on the pathos.
There is a lot of cleavage and implied prostitution but given the context, it's understandable as to why.
Overall, very good message and phenomenal movie.December 27th, 2012 · Details3 Thanks ·
I've rated this not worth your time. Don't get me wrong. The story is wonderful and everyone needs to experience it. It is powerful. However, this adaption is not the best way to do so. The movie fell flat for me. The music is repetitive and what should be singing is really just people talking.
Don't confuse the power of the story with whether the movie is worth your time. There are better and more worthwhile ways to experience the story. Read the book. It's much more powerful and is worth all the extra time it takes to consume the story over the movie.2 Thanks ·
I always find it useful to know the summary of the story before I watch a musical. It makes the story easier to follow, if you haven't watched a lot of musicals. I would recommend googling a summary of the story line.
The movie is sad but wonderful. The acting, costumes, stage, etc. are beautiful. Not all the actors are strong singers, but the man singers have amazing voices. They movie just grabs you in. The movie shows the struggles of life and the power of change. A thought provoking and soul searching movie.March 24th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Love the movie. It put the story in context for me. Great music and good singing. Although it was a bit different hearing Russell Crowe sing. Great movie.2 Thanks ·
Les Mis made me cry! I loved the movie <3 Hugh Jackman was amazing and the whole cast was great.January 21st, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Amazing acting, poor singing. Don't buy the soundtrack, but go watch the movie. Worth my time for the acting alone. What a tremendous story of justice vs. mercy, and the movie puts it into view in a way both the songs and the musical never did.January 10th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
If you are a fan of musicals and of the arts you will fall head over heels for this well performed musical. If don't like musicals this movie will be a VERY long 3 hours for you.
The story is deep, beautiful and heartbreaking. It is not for the faint in heart. It is a tragic tale of the misfortunate of multiple people during the French revelation. Many die and are forced into horrible circumstances just to provide for themselves and others under their care. There's even a scene where a brave young boy, probably around the age of 10, getting shot while gathering ammunition for the rebels. But there is a sweet, sensible love story and empowering feel of watching marters and friends fighting together till the end for their important cause. This story is about the true bonds of friendship, love, trial, courage, and faith. Being the best and kind person you can possible be even through unthinkable and awful circumstances. Shedding a tear while watching this movie for anyone would be not surprising at all.
The music is phenomenal which is no surprise considering the dozens and dozens of awards the stage production obtained over the last 25 years. You'll be pleasantly surprised of the talent some big actors have in the vocal department! Hugh Jackman was perfect. Anne Hathaway's performance (granted I'm not a fan of her at all) made me cry. I also appreciate the directer bringing in actual broadway actors and performers like Samantha Barks (Eponine).
I am a music major and LOVED this movie very much. I think it's definitely worth your time. Give it a try. Listen to the story. Learn a little history. Enjoy well performed LIVE sung music. Great entertainment.2 Thanks ·
Being one of my favorite plays of all time, I had high expectations for this film. Though it was a great film, the singing was not that great. That being said, I still loved it. We purchased the Blu-ray disc once it became available in stores.May 3rd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
I really struggled with rating this movie as Worth Your Time. It tells a wonderful story of struggle and redemption rooted in a faith in God, which is why I eventually gave the movie a thumbs up; but the entire film moved way too slow for me. Way too slow.
It's very likely that I'm just not a person who will enjoy any musical, as I prefer the movement of a story from one point to the next rather than constant pausing for a 5-7 minute musical rendition of how a person feels at the moment. It grew tedious quickly and as a result took me several separate evenings to watch all the way through ( I purchased the movie on Amazon Instant ). Honestly, the only reason I even bothered to finish the film was because I loved the cinematography, knew the story was a good one, and had pressure from friends/family to see it all the way through.
My final conclusion is that the story of this movie is worth seeing, but I really wish someone would come out with a 'prose' version of Les Miserables and drop all the time-wasting musical numbers.April 2nd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
But for one completely inappropriate part, the rest is true to the Broadway musical, though the talent isn't as good. And, why do we need an additional song not in the musical? Did David keep tinkering with the Sistine Chapel? He certainly didn't turn it over to some local painter!
I'm not at all an Anne Hathaway fan, but to sing and act and nail it in one take, which had to be one take, kudos to her.
Also, someone needs to tell Russell Crowe he can't sing- apparently the producers and director didn't have the guts to.March 16th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! Beautiful. Keeps your attention the WHOLE time. Amazing songs that will get stuck in your head and the moral of the story is breath taking! I wouldn't take my teenagers to it because of a couple of parts, but I highly recommend it for adults.March 15th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
I LIKE THIS MOVIE A LOT THE MUSIC WAS GREAT PEPOLE IN WERE GREAT I WOULD SEE IT AGAIN I DON'T THINK KIDS SHARD SEE THIS WOUID NOT UNDERSTAND IT AT ALL I LOVE THAT LITTLE GIRL IN THIS SHE IS SO SWEET &LOVEING1 Thank ·
Powerful movie... but they went to far with the prostitution scenes... and it was very graphic with the violence. Much more graphic than the play... but I should have expected that on the screen in hindsight. Wish I had seen the play again and not watched the movie.1 Thank ·
Loved the filmmaking. Hated the singing - except for Marius.January 10th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Ok movie, Russell Crowe can't sing, wasn't thrilled by it.January 8th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
The musical performances in this film are not broadway like quality or standards. Even though apparently Hugh Jackman has performed on broadway (I haven't seen him myself). But the acting and the emotional performances of most of the cast is very strong and engaging. Once your ear realizes that the movie isn't a broadway play but a venue to really show Victor Hugo's work you are hooked.
The scenes really show the consequences of choice and that forgiveness is the only way to find hope and happiness. Most of the acting performances are superb. This is an intense movie and shows the dregs of society especially the ladies of the evening and when Fantine turns to prostitution to survive. That is why I vote a high teen for this movie.
Hugh Jackman's performance is amazing and worth your time.January 8th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Great Movie! The details are rough for younger teens. And should even be discussed with older teens. There's great stuff to review as well as the sketchy stuff.January 3rd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
It was nice to actually understand all the words of the songs. The emotion of the story is conveyed much better in the movie version, than in the stage version.1 Thank ·
First things first, just in case you don't know, this is a musical! I've known a few people who went into this movie not knowing that and disliking it for that reason. This was a very well done version of Les Miserables. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were wonderful! I wasn't very crazy about Russell Crowe in the movie unfortunately. I would be careful with letting kids watch this movie, because many of the themes deal with fighting or are sexual in some way.October 10th, 2013 · Details
After much anticipation, Tom Hooper‚Äôs Les Miserables is finally here. And let me say, it‚Äôs the best musical adaptation since 2002‚Äôs Best Picture winner Chicago.
To call Les Miserables brutal is an understatement. It actually makes me feel grateful to have not lived in such a filthy time full of disease, prostitution, ruthless war, and utter disgust. To find true glory, hope, and heart amongst this backdrop is miraculous, but it is one of the most uplifting films you will ever see.
Having seen the stage production several times, I decided going in that I would not compare the two, and I did not. They stand alone as two fantastic labors of love. One thing I truly admired about this film is that the singing was not pre-recorded & lip-synched. What you hear in the film is the actors actually singing in real time and it added so much more intimacy, depth, and emotion to the film. It was a bold & brave move by director Tom Hooper (who won the Best Director Oscar for The King‚Äôs Speech). Les Miserables actually tops his former film with passion & artistry
Most are familiar with the story, but it tells the tale of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a paroled prisoner in the 1800s that over the course of decades, attempts to find redemption while police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) pursues him relentlessly.
As for the cast, all I can say is I was astonished. They could not have found a better John Valjean than Hugh Jackman. His acting is top-notch & his vocal range is magnificent & surprising. He deserved the Oscar over Daniel Day-Lewis! Anne Hathaway steals the first quarter of the movie in her mesmerizing portrayal of Fantine. Her rendition of the song ‚ÄúI Dreamed A Dream‚Äù is anguishing, heartbreaking & desperate. She lost nearly 15-pounds for the role, cut her hair off, and vocally prepared for weeks. Hathaway doesn't just act like Fantine; she BECOMES her, with blood, sweat, tears, talent, voice, and art. It‚Äôs her best turn since Rachel Getting Married (2008). She certainly earned her Oscar-win!
The Thenardier‚Äôs are fun (played over-the-top by Sasha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter). Amanda Seyfried was a fantastic choice for Cosette, Samantha Barks is divine in her devastating portrayal of Eponine, the poor girl who truly never had a chance.The entire cast is a dream, really.
Then there‚Äôs Marius played by Eddie Redmayne (who also is Oscar worthy here). He comes out of nowhere & gives this astonishing performance, singing like a Broadway God. I was blown away. His performance of ‚ÄúEmpty Chairs At Empty Tables‚Äù is agonizing, and perhaps the best I've ever heard it performed. Sobs galore for me!
Javert is such a powerful character, and it seems like Russell Crowe tried a gruff, yet softer approach in his performance. It paid off. Crowe‚Äôs acting is great as always & he gives us haunting insight into Javert, who ultimately is as much a victim as anyone else in the story. I had never realized that before in reading the book or seeing the Broadway production.
It is a massive production. I can't recall such a huge Broadway adaptation since Evita in 1996. Some have called it bombastic. I completely disagree. Director Tom Hooper has remained faithful to the Broadway production, taking bits from the classic novel, while somehow making this adaptation his own at the same time. There are many intricacies that could never be noticed on the stage. He has directed his fine team of actors in such a way that through the gritty, raw cruelness of the time we feel still feel ultimately uplifted. The movie is incredibly intimate. I can‚Äôt imagine anyone walking away unaffected.
It‚Äôs a movie of the heart. Its messages of love, hope, giving, & surviving are inspirational & uplifting. Without a doubt, the best movie of 2012. It does not disappoint. I cannot give it enough praise!September 3rd, 2013 · Details
A classic!July 6th, 2013 · Details
1) I bawled my eyes out. More than a few times. The stories of pain, love, loss, sacrifice, and forgiveness are so powerful.
2) Anne Hathaway was incredible. I don't get the hate people have for her, especially with her great performance in this. She was so real and so did the live singing thing better than anyone else in he first act.
3) The production quality was just mind-blowing.
4) Russel Crowe was not very good. I thought his acting would make up for his lack of singing talent. It didn't; he was bland and soft.
5) The prisoners pulling in the ship was really cool.
6) Eponine was perfect, Cosette and Marius were just right.
7) Wolverine should have used his adamantium claws in the swordfight with Javert instead of that thing he grabbed off the wall.
8) Imma let you finish but "One Day More" is one of the best full-cast songs of all time. Of all time!
9) Yes, I do hear the people sing. Thanks for asking. (And that scene in the streets with the procession and flags and giant elephant and fighting and building of the barricade was awesome.
10) Gavroche is always so dang cute. And heartbreaking.
11) Hugh Jackman is truly a great actor and fine singer.
12) Sasha Baron Cohen is really funny.
13) I wish Fantine and the end would have been glowing like dead jedi do when they appear. Kidding. I think.
15) To love another person is to see the face of God.June 24th, 2013 · Details
This is difficult for me to pan as I dearly love this show with Broadway talent. Aside from Hugh Jackman and the woman who plays Eponine, the cast cannot sing. It is sad how Hollywood figures that a marquee name is more important than talent. Russell Crowe was especially embarrassing as a "singer" and should be encouraged to never attempt singing again save the privacy of his own shower.June 3rd, 2013 · Details
This adaptationof the musical is a powerful, emotional experience that will hit you hard. There is a beauty to this film's color pallet even during the gritty scenes there is a beauty to the color pallet this film has. While fans of the stage show may complain about alterations to the stage show it is a wonderful film and functions well with the cuts. Give it a watch.May 17th, 2013 · Details
Is it worth your time? Yes and no. Both the book and the Sch√∂nberg musical of "Les Mis√©rables" are undisputed classics, and while a lot of what makes them so great does translate in this adaptation, there are also a number of creative decisions that nearly derail the whole thing ,e.g. the the excessive use of close-ups and some ridiculously heavy-handed symbolism.
I will chime in and say that I didn't have huge problems with Russell Crowe's performance. The one that gets on my nerves is Sacha Baron Cohen as Th√©nardier. Why does his accent keep flip-flopping between Cockney British and an exaggerated French one a la Lumiere from "Beauty and the Beast" (as if Th√©nardier were the only Frenchman in the movie....)?
Personally, I would recommend the truncated, non-musical "Les Mis√©rables" from 1998. It tweaks quite a few things (no √âponine, for one), and purists might take issue with the ending, but Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush give fantastic performances as Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, respectively, and it doesn't have nearly as many problems as this one.
Parents should also be aware that there is some content that might be a little much for younger viewers, including a brief sex scene (done for laughs) and quite a bit of violence, particularly in the last third of the movie, which takes place during the 1832 Paris Uprising.May 2nd, 2013 · Details
Two years ago, I was a communication student learning how to effectively use Twitter. In this process I started following the entertainment page for The Huffington Post. It was here that I first learned about the Les Mis movie and it was hear that I followed the casting competition for the coveted Eponine role between Lea Michel, Taylor Swift and an unknown actress named Samantha Barks.
From then on I was obsessed with the film adaption of one of my favorite musicals. I watched all the previews and read everything I could about it. I had a gut feeling that this was going to be a huge success. My advertising brain would kick in at times and I‚Äôd think, ‚ÄúOf course this movie will make a killing on opening day. Theater fans everywhere will flock to the movie and even if they hate, they still paid to see it.‚Äù
Where to begin? A summary of the film is probably best right? Les Mis follows the story of Jean Valjean (Jackman), a prisoner doing time for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister and her starving children. Valjean is let out on parole and Javert (Crowe) tells him that if he does anything wrong, he‚Äôll be there to drag him back to the chain gang. The story follows Valjean as he agrees to raise Fantine‚Äôs (Hathaway) daughter as Javert hunts him down for violating his parole. When Valjean meets Fantine‚Äôs daughter, his life is changed and this change will affect him and the girl forever.
The movie was spectacular. The acting was top notch and the singing, was bold and refreshing. Did you know that all the singing was done live? Did you know that Anne Hathaway really let them cut her hair? That‚Äôs dedication! That‚Äôs how you win awards! Seriously, Hathaway is picking up awards like Halloween candy as is the movie itself.
Directed by Tom Hooper, an Academy Award winner for his film The King‚Äôs Speech, Les Mis was filled with sweeping shots of cities and country sides and riddled with moments that some wouldn‚Äôt believe could be captured on film. Hooper really understood the story, knew how he wanted to portray that story and that dedication showed.
The cast was led by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert. Both did incredible jobs. Jackman was a great singer and really took the role on as his own. Everyone gives Crowe a hard time for his singing but I thought he did all right. I‚Äôm also about as good of a singer as a dog though so I think everyone sounds better than me.
Two more musical standouts were Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. We all knew that Hathaway could sing but Redmayne was a pleasant surprise. He could break your heart with one note especially when singing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. Redmayne stole the show and hearts in many scenes. Expect to see a lot from this guy, he‚Äôs going places and he‚Äôs going there fast.
Now for Samantha Barks. As I stated earlier, I was following the Eponine story like cats follow a red laser. I couldn‚Äôt get enough of it. I love Taylor Swift but knew that she wouldn‚Äôt be the right fit for the character although, her break up songs could serve as convincing evidence that she has experience with unrequited love. I really thought Lea Michele get the role. She was garnering attention for her role on Glee and had even covered the famous On My Own on the show. I felt that she was a perfect fit for capitalizing on viewers and musical ability. Luckily, I was not involved in the casting process.
Samantha Barks played Eponine in the 25 anniversary concert for Les Mis and rocked it. The first time I heard her sing was from that show and I knew that she was going to own that role. That‚Äôs just what she did in this film, she owned it. Barks showed musical talent that can‚Äôt be duplicated and nailed On My Own. She was great in every scene she was in and she was an amazing love struck friend to Redmayne‚Äôs Marius.
As far as children are concerned, this is a musical that contains some adult material so I would recommend leaving kids under the age of 14 at home. Fantine (Hathaway) is forced into prostitution to care for her daughter and Hooper takes you into the deed but keeps it classy. There is also a scene where you hear bones snapping and that isn‚Äôt music to anyone‚Äôs ears. There are gun fights towards the end but those don‚Äôt get to gruesome.
This is a run out and see it movie so what are you going here? Get on Fandango, order your tickets and go!
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Thought that the movie compared to the play allowed an awesome experience into the actors emotions!
Turned it off around 30 mins in. The acting was impressive but I found the singing dialogue to be rather annoying and too much. Just because a movie is a musical doesn't mean you have to fill every waking second of it with "music." The Les Mis story is very good but this particular version gave me no reason to watch it when I already knew what was coming.April 5th, 2013 · Details
Pictures of the old Paris ,very good actors for Jean Valjean,Jean Gabin,Cossette. costumes .I love how is combined comedy with miserables!!!and is a musical!!March 23rd, 2013 · Details
Loved the movie adaptation of this musical.March 22nd, 2013 · Details
The best movie of the year, and a definite new classic that will last for a very long time. I couldn't have asked Hollywood to have casted better. I admit, the singing wasn't what you expect from the Broadway version...but this wasn't a Broadway. The acting was stupendous and that is what cinema is all about. I feel that if the casting would have been done by professional singers, it wouldn't have had the same emotional impact. Whether you need a boost in moral or a god cry, Les Miserables is the movie your looking for.
I Loved this movie- very emotional and definitely will go down in the books. I think it definitely earns the pg13 rating though.
I wished I could have recommended this for my children and grandchildren. I had high hopes for this movie, but was devastated. I feel the prostitution scene went too far and could rival pornography in it's effect. I am sorry that so many feel that is OK. To me it is dangerous to society and "Not OK" for any age.February 23rd, 2013 · Details
This movie was amazingly done. I loved the play on Broadway, but I actually got more of the story out of the movie. Though there were spots of the singing that might not have been the greatest I don't think they could have done a better job. If you are a fan of the musical, you will love the movie! I wouldn't recommend this movie for small children due to the nature of the film, with parts dealing in prostitution and violence (however, that could be the mom in me!).February 11th, 2013 · Details
This movie is for mature audience I feel. I would not take a 13 year old to see this movie as it does have graphic scenes of prostitution and murder. For adults and their teens however, this is a great movie if you like musicals. The music in this movie is fantastic and definitely different than any other movie made.February 8th, 2013 · Details
Not a big fan of musicals so I thought I would be bored, but I really liked this movie!! I would definitely go see it again or buy it!February 7th, 2013 · Details
I cried so much, it was amazing
Good for most ages...
Amazing film. There's one scene in particular when Fantine is at her lowest that's a bit graphic, which is why I rated it higher than PG-13. Overall, I'd highly recommend.
Quality: 5 Stars
If you are new to Les Miserables I am going to say you are in for one of the most moving pieces of cinema of this generation. For those of you who love the musical and haven't seen the film yet I have one piece advice for you, forget everything you know about the musical!
Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Set post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.
I posted a few weeks ago about how I [was] Starting to Worry About Les Miserables. If you constantly compare the musical to the film you will be let down on a musicality standpoint as many of the actors are better known for that then for singing for a reason. But that is merely one thread in the tapestry of the film version.
I wanted to highlight four scenes that were the best experiences for me, and I'd like to see if they were the same for you. I immersed myself in Les Mis soundtrack, video clips, and stage recordings, and it was a bit of a mistake. Although I did not love Hugh Jackman's musical performance, his acting carried over and help to move me. Particularly in Val Jean's Soliloquy where is wrestles with his hatred for the world, and yet tried to reconcile himself to God. The cinematography as he paces back and forth with the music away and toward the reliquary was masterful.
One of the best known and best loved songs of Les Miserables is I Dreamed a Dream sung by the character Fantine. You may remember the sweet and triumphant version that help Susan Boyle raise to internet fame. But with all the cheers of the audience you might miss the words and meaning of the song. It is of despair and sorrow and Anne Hathaway makes you feel that. Our theatre audience applauded at the end of it.
My favorite character of the musical version was Javert. Russell Crowe's version of him does not command respect the same way the stage version does, but his scene of The Confrontation with Hugh Jackman was great feat of sing fighting. If they had added dancing, I think West Side Story would have been jealous.
In this film version though Eddie Redmayne should have been top billing. One of those actors you know the face of, but can't name anything he has been in, this will be his breakout role! As a tenor myself this has always been the role I wanted to play. (That or the Army Officer at the Barricade.) As he sits alone at Empty Chairs at Empty Tables he makes you feel his sense of loss. As he stares into the camera with tears rolling down his face I'll admit it was the scene made them roll down mine.
As with a story about "The Miserable" the character encounter some depressing circumstances. The final act of the movie takes place during a revolution where many are killed. Although the deaths are not bloody or graphic, they do carry hard impact for the ones who come to be beloved characters. The innkeeper played by Sacha Baron Cohen is very entertaining (and the only character who actually has a French accent), but his Master of the House has the two obscenities and has shows two character having sex. One of them being Santa! It also features characters drinking, but not is positive light. There is also (Spoiler) a scene where Fantine submits herself to prostitution. Although there is no nudity in the movie, the scene is very disturbing. It is not graphic or profane, just 3 short thrusts shown from the shoulder up. But the emotional weight is very adult and would not be appropriate for younger audiences.
Conclusion: If I were to rate the transition from stage to screen I might drop a star for some changes that I'll highlight in a later posting, but as a standalone film it was a wonderful experience. There are themes of redemption, mercy, courage, comradeship, duty, fatherhood, and love unrequited. Anyone could find a character to associate with. If you haven't seen it yet, I would make plans to do so this weekend.
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Movie was good. Russell crows singing left something to be desired, Anne Hathaway on the other hand deserves an Oscar! Worth seeing but a little strong for children under 15.
I thought I might get bored with the constant singing, but with music as good as it is in Les Miserables, you can't help but enjoy it. Most are familiar with the story, with themes like repentance and forgiveness, and it is very moving. And the quality of the filmaking and acting are fantastic. I would only caution that there are some adult themes and parts in which I was a little uncomfortable, in particular with the Thernadiers. If only they could cut out that one song...
The story was well told. Some reviewers have criticized the performances of some of the actors, but I think the imperfections only made the characters more believable and easier to connect with, as if it were the character, rather than the actor, doing the singing.
I was uncomfortable with the scene where Fantine loses employment and turns toward the streets, but it's part of the story.
I was deeply moved by the movie and wouldn't mind owning a copy of it when it comes out.
This movie battles for #2 in my favorites list.
I'm not a fan of musicals - but I am a fan of Victor Hugo and the novel. As musicals go, this one is spot on. Russell Crowe was the least impressive of the cast, but there were some very solid performances and some good filmmaking.
I still don't know how I feel about how the Thenardiers were portrayed as they seemed out of place and a little over-the-top with the antics.
I wouldn't take kids to this, not even young teens.
first, i'll say i enjoyed the movie... the second time i saw it. i went into the film looking for phenominal musical performances and a film version of the show- thus i was disappointed.
upon seeing it again, i appreciate it for what it is- a film. tom hooper's cinematic styling took some getting used to- but his storytelling was incredible. i felt for the characters and gained an appreciation for the raw reality that was conveyed. that being said- i would not let those under 13 see it, and even then parents should have conversations with their kids about prostitution before letting them see it. on a snobbish note, the musical talents left much to be desired, the exceptions being anne hathaway (fantine, who was flawless), samantha barks (eponine)and aaron tveit (enjolras).
INCREDIBLE movie, great lesson, only 3 inappropriate scenes and some violence but almost as good if not better than the broadway!January 1st, 2013 · Details
It was done beautifully done. Anne Hathaway blew away expectations. They put a 1000 page book into a 2.5 hour movie as well as they possibly could.
Russell Crow isn't a great singer, but does exceptionally well for someone who is not trained in theatre performance
Hugh Jackman got his start on broadway and it shows, he is phenomenal.
When Fantine becomes a prostitute it gets a little too racy.
If you don't like the theatre or musicals you wont be thrilled about this film.
But if you are a Les Mis fan or a fan of the theatre you will love this.December 29th, 2012 · Details
Wonderful musical performances but soooo long!December 28th, 2012 · Details
While there are some very good singing performances, the presentation focuses on the worst parts of the story, and does not develop the best parts. I was very disappointed in it overall. In truth, there is very little romance in this depiction - and it is not well developed. The only scene that develops any emotion is the very end, with Jean Valjean in the hospital. The story spends way too much time on scenes like the Inn where peoples pockets are being picked, and far too little on the good and uplifting parts of the story. My family and I were very disappointed.
Absolutely brilliant. The story line, the music, the execution, all excellent! I saw the play live in London which was inspiring. The movie is equally as incredible and even does a great job of telling the story in detail in ways a play cannot. A historical must see for sure.
A tender, transcendent and powerfully stirring adaptation of the longest-running stage musical is both old-fashioned and daring... The look of the film is gorgeous, but 'Les Miz' is a success primarily because of its superlative musical performances... Read full review here
If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, this is the movie for you... There is a reason ‚ÄúLes Miserables‚Äù is such an astounding success as a musical. It‚Äôs melodrama that‚Äôs fun to chew on, with overly obvious references to humanity and depravity, to law and its trickier cousin, justice... Read full review here