I haven’t been much of a movie-goer over the last few years however due to the amount of hype and the all-star ensemble cast, I decided to see ‘Les Miserables’. And I’m so glad I did!
As you would already know, the film is based on the play and ultimately the novel by Victor Hugo, written in 1862. It is a rather dark and sad story of Jean Valjean (played so well by Hugh Jackman), a man imprisoned for stealing bread for his sister’s son in the early 19th century in France. He is chased throughout the story by police officer Javert (Russell Crowe – I had no idea he could sing!). The story weaves together other characters and their stories all collide together at various points in the span of around 20 years or so.
Having not seen the musical or read the novel, it is difficult for me to compare the film against the original works – however I really do think that Tom Hooper (who also directed ‘The King’s Speech’) did a fantastic job of bringing this musical to the big screen. The storyline was very easy to follow and the characters sang the entire narrative from start to finish. I read somewhere that the actors/actresses had to sing while they filmed – apparently Anne Hathaway as Fantine nailed her beautiful, tear-jerking rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on the fourth take.
The movie held my interest from start to finish – it was an emotional rollercoaster with beautiful songs, great performances and some beautifully shot scenes (loved the performance of ‘On my Own’ by Samantha Barker on the cobblestone road in the rain).
I loved the hilarious performance by Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenardier the innkeeper and Helena Bonham Carter as his wife. I had tears in my eyes as little Isabelle Allen (as Young Cosette) sang ‘Castle on a Cloud’. The other young cast member, Daniel Huttlestone (as Gavroche), was so adorable and gave such a great performance. My favourite story was the love story (of course, I’m a girly girl!) between Marius (played by the handsome Eddie Redmayne who I now have a huge school girl crush on) and Cossett (played by Amanda Seyfried).
So all in all, I recommend that you see it on the big screen as soon as possible!
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