Les Misérables (2012)
The French backdrop pales to the attention given to the grit and grime of France’s streets and the people who are forced to live within it. The story is a familiar one to those of us who have watched the play, seen movies in the past or have heard the story. This is 2012’s take on the great story of Les Misérables and it was a splendid job directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).
Most people coming away from Les Misérables will remember two prominent acts: Hugh Jackman for his portrayal of the righteous Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway for her powerful singing in the role of Fantine.
Sure, you will hear how badly Russell Crowe sung as Javert, or how funny Sacha Baron Cohen was as Thenardier but its Valjean’s show and if you aren’t crying by the end then you simply aren’t human… well I’m not human but I understand.
The entire movie is a musical so be warned if you are unable to sit through 3 hrs of uninterrupted singing but the theme is a familiar one of revolution, human hardship and triumph over evil. I felt like I was watching it played out on stage rather than a movie since it had so many amazing moments like Anne Hathaway’s uninterrupted rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” which carried so much emotion.
Russell Crowe felt out of place in the movie but not enough to be distracting… but how can you fault the man who made Maximus great? Everyone brought their A game and sung their hearts out for this wonderful story.
Nothing taken away from the adorable little Gavroche played by Daniel Huttlestone or Eddie Redmayne’s Marius (who was also on his game) but this is a movie that everyone involved should be proud of.
If there are any complaints from me about Les Misérables it’s in its length as I wished more actual speech was mixed in with the singing in order to make it interesting. Still, it was visually amazing, audibly memorable and brilliantly acted. Bravo!