Les Misérables (2012)
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary REHEARSAL Behind The Scenes
Director: Tom Hooper
Writers: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Victor Hugo, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel, James Fenton, William Nicholson
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Cavin Cornwall, Josef Altin, Dave Hawley, Adam Jones, John Barr
Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements
Susan Boyle Sings "I Dreamed A Dream" on Britain's Got Talent
Les Miserables at the Tony Awards
A Musical Masterpiece
When I first started getting into films at an early age, I was never really into musicals that much to be honest. Sure, there were the occasional Disney animated films, when I was a child, but I wouldn't have called myself a huge fan of musicals back then. However, since writing reviews on hubpages, I've been trying to expand my tastes to like all genres equally these days.
Granted, there's still a few that I cherish fondly because they relate back to what I grew up with watching, but that still hasn't stopped me from broadening my tastes in films. After all, I consider it somewhat of an obligation to my readers to try to like all genres equally.
As for what I thought about "Les Miserable", I'll get into that now. Take in mind, if you're not into musicals at all, then I wouldn't advise you seeing this film. Not because it's not any good, as it's definitely one of the best musicals out there. However, every line of dialogue in this film is said through song, so there's no spoken dialogue in this movie at all. Meaning everyone in this damn film sings throughout the movie that runs almost up to three hours long. Granted, I know that might sound cheesy to some people, but if you can get into it, then you'll find that it's one of the best dramatic musicals out there.
The film is based off a novel that was published in 1862, which was based on the student uprising in France back in 1832. A man named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) gets released from his twenty year sentence in prison, for stealing a loaf of bread. He tries to become an honest man, but nobody will aid him, as his parole paper's have branded him a criminal for the rest of his days. It isn't until one day when a priest shows him an inkling of kindness that his life changes for the better. He skips his parole, and starts a new life as a mayor of a small town; under a new identity. At first, it seems like Jean has made a perfect life for himself, but finds that he's constantly being pursued by the hard nosed policeman, Javert (Russell Crowe).
In fact, he nearly gets himself caught again, when he tries to help Fantine (Anne Hathaway), after hearing her story of woe. Fantine is a poor girl, who's forced to not only give up her dreams to support her child, but she's forced to sell everything from her hair, teeth and even her body if it means helping out her daughter, Cosette.
Sadly, through a series of events, Fantine passes away, and Jean takes it upon himself to rescue Cosette from the Inn that's ran by the Thénardiers; who treat Cosette like a slave, while spoiling their daughter, Éponine. Years later, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) grows up into a fine young girl, who somehow finds herself smitten by a handsome young student rebel named Marius (Eddie Redmayne). From here, we see a tale unlike any we've ever seen, as it's an epic tale that'll grab the heart of it's audience and never let go.
Although the film does tend to drag at times, it's not a bad musical at all. If anything, it's arguably one of the best musicals ever conceived, as the level of detail is simply amazing in this film. Everything from the costume designs, the sets and makeup seemed very authentic throughout the film. Add in the fact that the music flows perfectly along each scene, it's almost like watching poetry in motion.
For those who often condemn movies as not being a respectable art form these days, then I'd have to challenge that person to see this film, as "Les Miserables" is a piece of art, in every sense of the word. It's amazing how Tom Hooper was able to present such an epic story told entirely through song, as it's one of those rare films you have to see to believe it.
As for the performances in this film, what more can I really say? Hugh Jackman shows his true range, as an actor; going from a petty thief that struggles to get by, but ends up becoming an honorable man by the end of the film. For most actors to pull off such a role, it would be difficult, but Hugh makes it look easy. As for Anne Hathaway, I have to admit her performance was nothing short of spectacular. If she doesn't win the Oscar for this performance, then I'll be very surprised. Normally, I don't allow most films to touch me on a personal level, but when she sang "I dreamed a dream", even I felt a bit choked up inside watching it. It's a very moving scene that'll touch the heart of anyone who watches it.
In the end, I would definitely recommend anyone that loves musicals to see this movie, at a rating of three and a half out of four. Sure, the film does tend to drag at times, but it's still arguably one of the best musicals ever conceived.