I’m going to be 100% honest here. I hate musicals. I don’t like when I’m watching a movie, and I get so into the story, and then out of left field someone starts singing and then a few others start singing and next thing you know everyone is all singing along to the same song that so happens to relate perfectly with what’s going on and all dancing to the exact same choreography and… just no. I hate musicals. Always have. Always will –
Scratch that. I don’t know if it’s because Les Miserables is the exception or what, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film… and the ENTIRE film is a musical.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. – (C) Universal
Les Miserables is a true work of art and there are so many aspects as to why that is.
The music. Straight off the bat, this film couldn’t have possibly been as incredible as it was if the music wasn’t on par. The music sets the entire tone, feel, and atmosphere of the movie and – well, it’s a musical.
The cinematography was wonderfully done overall with absolutely breathtaking images.
The story. It’s the story of Les Mesirables by Victor Hugo so there’s no question that the story was something special. I personally believe the best stories are the kind that make you feel something, and I mean truly and fully cause you to experience a deep human emotion. Les Mesirables does exactly this.
And last but most certainly not least, the acting. Was. Impeccable.
Hugh Jackman – Magnificent.
Anne Hathaway – Incredible.
Amanda Seyfried – Wondrous.
Eddie Redmayne – Fantastic.
Samantha Barkes – Wow.
Helena Bonham Carter – She’s Helena Bonham Carter.
Sasha Baron Cohen – Awesome.
The entire cast – Ridiculous. Ly. Perfect.
Wait, rewind. Minus Russel Crowe. I’m just going to have to call him out on it – he’s not that great. Worse actually. He kind of sucks. He can sing, I’ll give him that. But I didn’t feel anything when he was on screen. I understand his character is supposed to be an emotionless man but he was still supposed to be the villain and villains are expected (to some degree) to leave an impression on the audience as this terrible monster or what have you. Everytime Crowe was on screen, I got bored. And actually yawned. He stuck out like a sore thumb within this cast.
Harsh, I know. But it’s the sad truth.
Overall though, Les Miserables is a true work of art and an outstanding achievement in cinema!