Les Miserables

This movie is pretty good. It is an adaptation of the classic play which is based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  It is set during the June Rebellion of 1832 (after scenes in earlier times) and it involves one determined police inspector’s long pursuit of a fugitive.

The movie is directed by Tom Hooper.  It as his idea to have the songs recorded live.  That idea was successful.

Hugh Jackman stars Jean VajJean and Russel Crowe stars as inspector Jalvert.  I thought Jackman was good and I think Crowe got more comfortable as the movie progressed. (Jackman has a better voice than Crowe.)  I don’t think Crowe and Jackman had ever co-stared in a film together.

Well, I guess it is safe to say that it was good year for Anne Hathaway.  She was really good in the Dark Knight Rises and might get an Oscar nomination for her part of Fantine in this movie.  For someone without a singing background, her version of “I Dreamed a Dream” is amazing.

Samantha Barks was good.  This her first movie but she has acted on the UK stage and I think she went back to the stage after filming the movie. Her solo song On My Own is outstanding.

Amanda Seyfried is good as Cosette.  This is her second musical.  She has a nice chemistry with Eddie Redmayne who plays Marius.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter have parts as villains.  They’re both pretty good and they were good in Sweeny Todd too. Now I think it might be a good time to re-watch that film.

Colm Wilkinson, the original Valjean from Broadway, has a cameo role.  It is a nice touch.

It is a long movie.  I knew it would be.  I didn’t think it was too long.


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