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Les Miserables Movie Review

Updated on February 13, 2013

Les Miserables – Movie Review

OK – first of all - I am a HUGE Les Mis fan. I first heard the song, “One Day More” at a performance at DollyWood. I was enthralled with the song and later tracked it down to see where it came from. I have seen three live performances of Les Mis and loved every one of them.

I can’t say the same for the movie. I know it received excellent reviews, and I suppose the acting was excellent. However from the viewpoint of a person who loves the story and the music, it seemed that the movie highlighted all the darkness in the story and not the light. Les Miserables is a story of grace and redemption, but the movie was rather depressing.

Hugh Jackman did not create a believable Jean Valjean for me. He is a skinny, wiry man who probably would not have amazing physical strength in reality. His voice was rather nasal and did not offer the strength and jubilation I’ve felt from other performers who played the part.

I admire Anne Hathaway for the extreme emotion she put into the character of Fantine. However, it was almost painful to see her so emaciated and ugly. The movie displayed some ‘raw truth’ that was not so enjoyable to see and somehow overtook the message of the story.

Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert did not seem mean enough to me. I didn’t care for his singing voice.

Eddie Redmayne acted the part of Marius satisfactorally, but his looks seemed to be lacking.

Even the beautiful Amanda Seyfried did not steal my heart in this movie.

So, perhaps I was spoiled by seeing live performances before I saw the movie. Perhaps I’d rather leave a movie feeling jubilant. For whatever the reason, the movie left me feeling sad rather than jubilant. And I think that’s a cryng shame.

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