The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story.
It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.
Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton
This Javert, with his round face and quivering lips, his slow, heavy tread and sudden outbursts of fury, is a memorable figure, but he is badly out of key with the naturalistic treatment of the story.
While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark.
Probably the best Hollywood version of Victor Hugo's story.
Fredric March gives a superb performance.
Victor Hugo's classic novel is properly presented as a harrowing social conscience period film.
The 1935 film is a powerful version, centering on the antagonism between Valjean and Javert - though the filmmakers had to jettison much of Victor Hugo's pages to set up this dynamic.
... the most respected and revered screen adaptation...
A fairly decent production of the popular cautionary tale, carried by Fredric March in nearly typical Hollywood fashion ... until Charles Laughton's version of policeman Javett commands the screen with Terminator-like presence. He's the reason to see this.
The reason to watch is Charles Laughton. The rest of the production suffers from a lack of emotion. Is it the result of the era's creaky soundtrack.
The Original version of Les Miserables was not bad though the remakewith Gèrard Depardieu was alot better.
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