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Hugh Jackman won the Oscar for his role in this movie proving he is far more than a comic book kind of guy.
Boring! Saw it on Broadway ... more impressive with more talented singing. Hate these movies where they place actors/actresses with no singing talent! Didn't bother to finish towards the end.
Horrifically awful bombast totally devoid of nuance that features several acclaimed actors phoning it in. The only one who did well was Anne Hathaway, and she barely has any screen time. Russell Crowe's singing is an honor to his surname - to real human beings, it's so bad it almost makes me feel ashamed to be the same species as him. Also props to Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter for their equally awful singing, their voices could probably induce comas.
Loved the book....just couldn't get into the movie and all the musical parts....never did like musicals
I once performed in Les Miserables, as part of a school play that was so good it made the front page on the Hamilton Spectator, and I really loved playing it. That fact set the bar pretty high for this movie. And surprisingly enough, it met that bar. It reminded me of the play a lot, but at the same time there were a lot of small differences that I have mixed feelings about. There’s a part of me that thinks they should have stuck to the original script a lot more, but the rest of me thinks that they’re interesting and more-or-less welcome changes to the story. I am intrigued by some of the aesthetic choices in the movie in a good way, and it changed how I view some of the characters, adding a bit more depth to them. And without spoiling anything, I also found all of the special features extremely intriguing. If you’re a fan of the play, then you should see this movie. Or if you want a reason to cry, then this is definitely your movie!
@R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
WAY WAY BETTER THAN LA LA LAND!!! Could have used some more work in smaller/transitional scenes, certain shots are ad hoc and show the people's zits rather than convey tight quarters. Memorable musical numbers, even Russel Crowe gets a pass. Yes, I said that; sue me. My brother isn't much of a musical number, and he LOVED this film. That's saying something.
I really enjoyed this movie, mmadair it's called a musical so if you don't like musicals don't watch musicals.
They sing the WHOLE time??
Hugh Jackman didn't have any normal dialogue!
And how was Russell Crowe EVERYWHERE?!
I've watched the two latest movies on DVD, plus the 10th Anniversary DVD, more than once and I enjoy it every time. You always find something that you missed that was so great about this story. Don't wait until you are 70 like I did to learn what it was all about. All the Stars you can give it!
Absolutely amazing. I adored the cast, the music, the settings and costumes and everything. I will be buying this adaptation
'Les Misérables' is perhaps the best musical I have ever watched. It perfectly shows the depth of human character—our ability to love or hate, forgive or blame… It's all there. I thought the entire cast and the songs were absolutely amazing. Some reviewers are saying that Crowe can't sing, but I disagree. He brought something a little different to the movie.
Altogether, remarkably well done.
This movie has all the elements of a great movie, but alas, has missed the mark due to the miscasting of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crow. Both are amazing actors but this role calls for singing, and neither of them are up for it. Jackman has appeared on Broadway in a one-man musical and Crow used to be in an Australian rock band (who knew?). Both make stellar efforts, but the parts call for a musical theater voice close to operatic singing. Jackman's acting is first rate, but he's not suited for a role that calls for an operatic tenor. Where he most notably fails is the signature song "Bring Him Home." In the very beginning of the song, the singer must jump a full octave on the third note. His voice is clearly strained and the result is disappointing. The same is true for Crow, again, a superior actor, but not the right voice. Crow's voice is a deep baritone but his articulation is a bit muddled and misses the mark for Javert's final song.
The other actors are well cast and their songs ring with authenticity, especially Anne Hathaway's deeply moving interpretation of "I Dreamed a Dream." That performance soars and is the performance all others who follow her can only hope to match. Eddie Redmayne is authentically innocent and full of idealism and romance.
This movie deserves an A+ for effort, and a C+ for overall performance.
I saw this in a theater with my family when my singing daughter was 13. She had no idea what she was getting into and her back never touched the seat for the entire movie. She was lifted magically into that world. Years later she remembers it was like getting emotionally body slammed. And loving it.
I will always love this movie for that.
But yes. I really enjoyed it as well.
I fell in love with Eddie Redmayne. He is by far the best Marius ever!!! His voice is so dreamy and you feel the emotions that Mr. Pontemercy would be feeling! Truly incredible performance!!!!!!
Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's epic, sprawling (and quite sad) musical Les Miserables is adapted into this 2012 feature film. Telling the story of Jean Valjean, a man on the run from the local inspector Javert in early 19th century France who gets caught up in the June Rebellion, the movie attempts to fit a more-than-three-hour long stage show into a movie. With an all-star cast such as Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and more, the movie does a fairly good job at it. The story has themes of love, rebellion, hope, grief, and plenty others that provides something for everyone. I am a bit biased because I've seen Les Miserables on Broadway, but this is an acceptable substitute.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Les Miserables is a very beautiful and tragic story. This intense film expertly captures the themes and emotions needed to be conveyed in this classic. The cast has been flawlessly chosen with big stars such as Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and more. The soundtrack is not only amazing but also extremely catchy and will remain stuck in your head for days. You can watch this movie numerous times and not get tired of it. I would rate this 4.5/5 stars, and would definitely recommend it to others.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I was very disappointed with this film adaptation of the musical,the 1997 version & the 10th anniversary concert are so much better.
I've seen this amazing play on stage 4 times, movie theater 1, PBS 1 and now this dvd. Every single time, I see something I've missed before. Such a story of grace, love, evil. The music is other-worldly beautiful. Thank you KCLS for providing us with this beautiful dvd. I may check it out again in a couple of years. OH, YES, make sure you see the end where the original cast comes out and the 4 longest-running Jean Valjeans who do a heart-stopping version of "Bring him home". Chilling.
A fabulous movie! Amazing music, and very talented acting. Especially from Anne Hathaway and Russel Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Very moving storyline, overall great film. Good for 15+ but mature 13 and 14 year olds can watch also.
Oh my biscuits. Can I find words enough to describe my endless wonder and delight of this movie? It was amazing. The singing was spectacular and the sets and acting dreamlike. Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, and Hugh Jackman, (huge ackman, ha ha) were amazing. Russel Crowe, well he did good. As did Anne Hathaway. This movie is fantastic.
Very good! Amazing actually. If you don't like singing than do not watch. If you enjoy singing, then darn, your in luck. Perfect performances from actors Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman!
This is a film adaptation of the original stage musical "Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables", which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.
Since the original story is good, this film adaptation seems okay.
However, the actors are actors---not singers.
The singings of some actors are so distracting and disturbing that I wish I could really see it without singing.
This was pretty good! At the beginning I thought it would be really weird, but it was interesting to see actors I already knew like Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. The beginning was full of tragedy, the middle full of love and heartthrob romance, and the end was action packed. Then add nonstop singing to the entire film. Does that give you a clue? I'll admit though, it wasn't that bad. Twiggzette, how can Hugh Jackman not sing? I mean, I'm no expert, but it sounded fine to me.