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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 arrived on Christmas Day as Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, opened 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?

JM December 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I thought that was the first piece of quality work out of Hollywood in a long time! Hugh Jackman made that great, as well as everyone else in that film.
CL December 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
It was honestly an epic masterpiece, I was absolutely riveted by each and every actor's performance. From the opening number, I knew it was going to be a great movie. By "At The End Of The Day" I knew it was, without doubt, the best movie of the year, by "I Dreamed A Dream" I knew it was truly the best film I had ever had the pleasure to see. The incredible score iconic to Les Misérables followed (not a dry-eyed moment left), including the brilliant original song "Suddenly" (which Hugh Jackman did spectacularly) and a chill-inducing Samantha Barks performance of "On My Own". I was shaking and bawling for the duration of the movie, right up until the amazing conclusion, with "Epilouge") My mind has been preoccupied about it since. As a newly discovered Le Mis die-hard I will certainly be back to watch it again.
S Edmonds December 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I enjoyed it from beginning to end. No disappointment throughout the entire movie. The actors were on point, the emotional roller coaster was certainly rolling. Set, costume and makeup crew did their homework. My favorite play of all time, have the double disc from the original cast back from 1987.
J Bellairs December 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM
It was absolutely amazing. The casting was perfect and the acting superb. I felt like I was watching an important contribution to cinematic history, especially when Ann sang "I Dreamed A Dream". Even our two teenage boys were very moved by the movie. For those critics who gave it a thumbs down - I think they missed the point of it.

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