Saturday, January 12

Movie Review: Les Miserables

Length: 157 minutes
Released: December 25th, 2012
Genre: Musical, Drama, and Romance
Rating: PG-13

Directed By: Tom Hooper
Where I Got It: watched it at the theaters for my birthday 12/28


"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."


Jean Valjean - Hugh Jackman
Fantine - Anne Hathaway 
Inspector Javert - Russell Crowe
Cosette - Amanda Seyfried
Thenardier - Sacha Baron Cohen
Madame Thenardier - Helena Bonham Carter
Marius - Eddie Redmayne
Enjolras - Aaron Tveit
Eponine - Samantha Barks
Gavroche - Daniel Huttlestone

I had been DYING to see this film since I first saw the trailer on the TV. It came out on Christmas, so I decided it was fate to watch this on my birthday. I told all my pals that that was what I wanted to do for my birthday. It turned out to be a unplanned girls' night, which was nice. 

The cast....just wow...I'm in awe that they got such big names to want to do this film and sing in it. I especially happy that Anne Hathaway played Fantine. Such an abnormal role for her, but she played it amazingly and I applauded her singing. Anne Hathaway has always been one of my favorite actresses. I enjoyed the rest of the cast and they all did amazing and sang well too. Except that Russell Crowe's singing was annoying. haha. Oh well.

Okay...I'm going to warn all you that this is the pure definition of a musical. There was barely any dialogue that wasn't singing. The whole movie was singing and I wasn't expecting that. I'll admit....I love musicals and all, but it got really annoying. I wish they had inserted more regular dialogue to give a break for the listeners. I especially feel bad for the actors who had to sing all their lines. It must be such an annoyance after a while. 

I also loved the attempt at inserting some humor into this dark, dark film. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen were hilarious. They had me laughing. I nice comic relief with a couple great comedians. ^.^ The film was so sad, but filled with such hope. I have no idea how this film/book always does that. I think my favorite part of the whole movie was the ending with *SPOILER ALERT* Fantine coming to Jean while he was dying and ending his suffering. She took him to this place where all the characters who died and they are all happy and singing. It was really a sweet touch. Even though I was upset they killed my favorite character. >.> Of course. Right? *SPOILER OVER*

The thing that really upset me was the fact that they didn't really give more time for Cosette and Marius and their romance to blossom. In the movie they literally met twice and were head-over-heels. Yes, I know they fall in love quickly, but in the book and the other movie adaption they were given more time to create this bond of love. *Sighs* Oh well, I suppose. The film isn't about them in the end, but still....

In the end, I really enjoyed this movie. I was so glad I watched this on my birthday. It was a nice birthday gift. However, me and my friend Reece/Sam shouldn't watch movies together because we create havoc. We need to be separated like children  We laugh and giggle and make dumb jokes. That was literally the second movie we have ever watched in its entirety together. I do have to pat myself on the back, because we did finish it. ^.^ the end it was good. The singing (besides for Russell Crowe) was good and the acting was good. I wish they did add more regular speaking parts and gave time for the romance to blossom more. The humor was great and needed and it was just great. Out of five stars I grant this 5 stars. In reality it is 4.5...but I don't give decimals so I rounded. 

Favorite Character(s): Jean Valjean, Fantine, Madame Thenardier, Thenardier, Gavroche (such a cutie), and Enjolras (yumm)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Javert (>.> just give it up'll never get Jean Valjean you silly man)



Blodeuedd said...

Arghhh too much singing for me

Carole Rae said... was a shit ton of singing.

Lisa said...

I can't wait to see this movie. It is my favorite musical so I hope they do it justice on the big screen.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Wow. Great! I was taken with just who was in this movie when I saw the trailer on tv. Great to hear. :)

Carole Rae said...

Exactly! It was a great cast.

Carole Rae said...

I hope you enjoy the film Lisa!!!