TELL US: What Do You Think About Les Misérables the Movie?

Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe is a musical and visual feast – but not for the whole family.

The must-see holiday movie of the year arrives Christmas Day as Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, opens nationwide.

The movie adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical features Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s innovation of actors singing live, taping their singing parts while filming rather than lip-synching and their songs being added in post-production. The result is best captured when Anne Hathaway, as the desperate single mother Fantine, sings “I Dreamed A Dream” and the audience sobs with her as she despairs over her life as a prostitute. 

Hooper honors the source material from Victor Hugo’s story while providing a visual feast, from the opening scene where you brace yourself to be splashed with water to floating upward with a torn piece of paper rising to heaven to balancing on a narrow ledge with Notre Dame.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter add comic relief as corrupt innkeepers and the cruel foster parents of Fantine's daughter, Cosette. One of their scenes will leave you roaring with laughter while vowing never to eat sausage again. 

While set in 19th century France, the movie’s themes make it feel relevant for today. Take your teens, but not your kids under age 13. In addition to the movie’s violence, watching Fantine’s descent into hell as she sells her hair, teeth, then finally herself away will break your heart and leave a child with nightmares—Les Misérables indeed.  

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TELL US: Is Les Miserables the must see holiday movie for you this year and if not, what are you looking forward to seeing more?

Gabe January 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM
opera singers they are not, actors they are and all performed well and enjoyed the performance and overlooked the changes made to Hugo's story...
Tim Cobb January 01, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Ever heard a speech that you were really into and about halfway through you’re saying, “OK, this was really good– big finish now?” And then another 20 minutes go by and you’re begging, “Please wrap this thing up.” Then another 20 minutes go by and you’re screaming, “God in heaven, please make it stop.” Well, that was my experience sitting through Les Miserables the movie, where every performer was first-rate, and every nuance of storyline beaten to within an inch of it’s life. It was as if the folks in the edit room felt that every scene from the play was reverent and not to be touched, only expanded upon until the audience becomes completely disoriented and looses all concern for the characters and plot. From that point on it becomes a singing contest full of 360 pans and extreme close-ups. Ahh, look at Thénardier and is wife, they distract people and steal their belongings. I’ve seen this now three times set to three different tunes. Not particularly hilarious the first time, shear drudgery by the third time, particularly for characters who do little to advance the story and could have easily hit the cutting room floor after “Master of the House.” This is a movie you are supposed to love and I must say that the cast was brilliant. You’ll love them for the first hour and a half. The problem is that the writers and editors fell in love with them too, forgot that they were telling a story and sadly, loved them to death.
Luci Vale January 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM
I must say, I absolutely loved this movie. Hugh Jackman, and even Russell Crowe were the perfect choice in the roles they played. I won't go on-and-on, because it is like trying to explain what a patch blanket looks like. If you don't have the patience to stick with the speed and bazaar characters that keep popping up, then this movie is not for you.


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