Les Misérables

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Les Misérables {2012}

Stars:

  • Hugh Jackman
  • Russell Crowe
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Samantha Barks
  • Sacha Baren Cohen
  • Helena Bonham Carter

Summary: 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.

{taken from the official website}

My Thoughts: I have been dying to see this ever since I heard of it earlier this year. I saw a stage production done by a local youth theater group in the summer of 2010 {they did a fabulous job, by the way :)} and since then, I have always liked this classic story and gorgeous songs. The transition from stage to movie can be tough, but I think director, Tom Hooper and the rest of the crew, did a really fine job with it.

For those who have never seen it, Les Mis is set in 19th century France, and follows the life of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who, through hard work and his breaking of parole, was able to become mayor of a city. From there, he is deeply affected by a factory worker named Fantine, and when she dies, he agrees to take care of her daughter Cosette. It’s hard to sum up in so few sentences, but I have to say that the movie really made the plot clear. I think it was easier than on stage because there were more resources {settings, costumes, effects} available to the cast and crew to make the story really come alive. I have nothing bad to say about the actual storyline, except that they could have made it a little clearer who was who, especially as we got closer to the battle.

To act and sing is hard enough, but with Les Mis, the actors had to sing live. Hugh Jackman was a very strong choice for Jean Valjean. He could sing and act, as well as move the story along. He really showed the emotion needed for this story, and I thought that he did a great job! :) Anne Hathaway was just as good, and  I have never heard her sing before, but she is amazing! Both deserve the praise they have received, and hopefully some awards in the future!

I know that Russell Crowe has received some criticism for his lack of depth in his singing and acting, but I didn’t see anything wrong with it. He was really good! I’m sure they could have chosen other actors for the role of Javert, but Crowe had to work with what he had, and he was able to pull it off. Samantha Barks was outstanding, and I look forward to seeing more of her in the future. I also really liked Eddie Redmayne, who I haven’t seen before, but I will keep my eye out for him now. Finally, the younger actors were fantastic, like Young Cosette and Gavroche. LOVED them! :)

Overall, although I enjoyed Les Mis, it will really come down to your preferences. Besides that though, there is no doubt that it will win quite a few awards this winter.

Pros: Strong cast.

Cons: Nothing!

Heads Up: Not for younger viewers due to violence and more mature topics. However, if you have a younger kid who is aware of the storyline beforehand and is able to cover their eyes at the more gory parts, they’ll be fine :)

Overall: I give it 5 stars {****} and I recommend it for ages 12 and up.

Have a lovely Thursday!

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