Les Misérables
Les Misérables

Film Review

Film title
Les Misérables
Director
Tom Hooper
Starring
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe. Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
Release date
11 Jan
Certificate
12

Les Misérables

4/5 stars
Film review by Chris Fyvie.
Published 07 January 2013

Les Misérables, Tom Hooper’s follow-up to Oscar-bothering Heritage bromance The King’s Speech, offers all the pageantry of the 80s stage phenomenon, but also an arresting cinematic experience. Spanning 20 years from 1815 as France is engulfed by revolution, Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean. Released from a chain-gang to an equally bleak existence as parolee, Valjean is dogged by guilt and his former jailor Jarvet (Russell Crowe) as he encounters a variety of characters, each offering the ex-con a stab at redemption.

While the grander set-pieces astound, it’s the tightly framed, single-take delivery of the famous solos that provide intimate, emotive heft – Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne’s numbers are particularly devastating. The riotous Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen stand out as rapscallion landlords, the Thénardiers. Crowe’s tuneless drone even endears in conjunction with his thinly-veiled glee at tackling a new genre. A bold filming of a theatrical classic, anyone with a fondness for the original production and a wee greet will lap this up.

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  • As a fan of the original musical I can assure you I did not lap this dreck up. Hooper is cinematically illiterate.

    Posted by John | Friday 11 January 2013 @ 08:29

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