Les Miserables


Les Miserables

One Line Review:

Will win all the Oscars, but didn’t fully win me over.


Hugh Jackman
Russell Crowe
Anne Hathaway
Amanda Seyfried
Eddie Redmane
Helena Bonham Carter
Sacha Baron Cohen

Cast wise, there are brilliant performances galore. Everyone delivers 110% and is deserving of the academy nods that the cast recieved. This is a musical (for those of you living in a cave) and all singing is, as far as I know, pitch perfect.


Now, I havn’t seen this before, not on stage, on screen or read the book before this film, so all my review is based solely on this incarnation of the story. I had mixed feelings with the film, but it falls into the category of “Oscar movie that is really good, but i couldn’t care less for”.

As I said before, the cast is spot on, both in performance and singing.
The cinematography is all perfect.
Sacha Baron Cohen is actually funny in a film, and, as usual, so is Helena Bonham Carter.

It is 2 hours 40mins long. It felt like 4 hours and 40mins. It’s very long. Hobbit length of long.
Before I saw the film, everyone I know who had already seen it, said they cried. Now as a guy who cries at nearly everything (sailing home in a river of my own tears after Toy Story 3) I didn’t feel this film pulled on my heartstrings as much as it should have.
With the plot, i liked all the scenes with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in the first act, however in subsequent acts with the addition of the boys in their little rebellion, i found to be boring.
I know it not to be the case with other musicals, but in this it felt like 99% vocal dialogue/singing coupled with barely any actual spoken line of dialogue, which would usually create emphasis, however falls to impress.
One thing that I hate in any musical, not just this, is when two or more characters sing over each other. I can’t understand either of them, so why do it?

End of the day, the film has been made really well, however it’s just not for me.

Recommend: If you are familiar with the story, I think it’s well done and you’ll enjoy it. If you have no previous experience with the story, avoid.
Overall: 7/10

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