Thanks to Hollywood, on Christmas Day theatre goers found under their Christmas Tree,”Les Miserables” which if it’s your kind of movie,that is if you like your musicals elaborately, over the top and head bangingly orqestrated . Which kind of happened with ‘Evita’ the movie, a decade, ago, with an ongoing constant high tide with no calm waters. Movies like these can be exhausting to watch, and we go because lets face it, on the surface, At least it’s unlike seeing an expensive stage production live. The screenplay, about “Les Miserables” characters were linked solely by fate, and they definitely owe a debt to the original stage production,setting the bar for the film to be structurally and absolutely dramatically sound. The period production design in this film is very detailed intricate and exact.
The musicals committed fans will probably have their expectations reaffirmed, while newer audience watchers, although, may decide that this dramatic production was kinda sorta, okay but not great. Because the parts in between the musical words err.. for “better” and “worse” were lame. As stated,the cast is pretty wonderful, mixing big-name stars with stage performers, including a couple thespians who have tackled Les Mis onstage before. Hugh Jackman gives the best performance of his career as Jean Valjean; ‘Eddie Redmayne’ of ‘My Week With Marilyn’, gives a breakout performance as Marius; whom falls in love with Cosette played by ‘Amanda Seyfried’, then thereby inter twining the fates of all the players with the political upheaval taking place in the streets of France. Along with ‘Helena Bonham Carter’, usually ‘Johnny Depps’ muse in the case of ‘Sweeney Todd’, and ‘Borat’s’ ‘Sacha Baron Cohen’ put their comedic quirks to great use as the scene-stealing Thénardiers, which were some of the film’s best sequences involving their antics.
Although ,in it’s defense,with the film making the most of the attempt of cinematic medium, particularly through the use of close ups, and is a worthy adaptation of this beloved musical, with all it’s drawback’s. Especially with a star-studded cast attempting to tackle one of the most recognized and beloved songbooks in musical theater, the main question is: does Les Mis achieve the greatness of its book, stage, and onscreen counterparts?
By the grand finale, when tout le monde is waving the French tricolor in victory, you may instead be raising the white flag in exhausted defeat. You’re likely to feel mixed feelings about loving it, after watching a great singer in his own mind, ‘Hugh Jackman’s’ Valjean who really can’t quite sing on key.
And a few hours seeing this movie you may be one of the miserable ones, too, after watching a magnificently so unsubtle, ‘Russell Crowe’s’ and his over the top Javert, character, likely to evoke love it or hate it sentiment, toward this emotionally devastating and yet still full filling movie, this new ‘Les Misérables’ certainly does offer enough fresh perspective and impressive craftsmanship to be called a worthwhile endeavor.
‘Les Misérables’ which takes place in 19th-century France, tells a romantic story of and unrequited love, broken dreams, with a sacrifice, along with a passion, for survival of the human spirit. Along with a sort of redemption, a kinda timeless testament to, Hugh Jackman who plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who’s hunted for years by the horrible policeman Javert played by ‘Russel Crowe’, after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker ‘Anne Hathaway’ as Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever, in whats the world’s longest-running big screen musical bringing its power to Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of ‘Victor Hugo’s’ epic tale Les Miserables: starring ‘Hugh Jackman’, ‘Anne Hathaway’ and ‘Russell Crowe’, during this December 2012, Christmas season.