The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel condenses the story's developments without blunting its emotional impact.
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Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.
The movie's whole virtuous conception of Jean Valjean sticks in my craw. He's haunted and hunted, but he reeks of a reasoned, noble superiority that's a pretty sterile quality in the hero of an epic.
It contains the moments of high drama, clearly outlines all the motivations, is easy to follow and lacks only passion. A story filled with outrage and idealism becomes somehow merely picturesque.
It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.
Towering over the entire film is Liam Neeson, the Irish actor who seems at home in any kind of picture, whether it transpires in contemporary America, World War II Germany, or centuries-ago Scotland.
With a first-rate cast and a venerable storytelling style, it fluently condenses Victor Hugo's epic novel and retrieves some of its suspenseful momentum.
Neeson's is an outstanding, memorable Jean Valjean who does a mighty job of anchoring this film and keeping its drama earthy and humane.
I feel like saying I hate this movie. I really don't. I was just bored out of my mind by its lack of anything real.
[An] attractive, solid rendering of this popular classic.
A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved.
The new version is a traditional telling of the story, and there is nothing wrong with tradition.
Somewhere, Victor Hugo must be rolling in his grave.
24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)
A bit overdone, I think. Liam Neeson was the only strong performance. Uma Thurman was just too much. Sadly, even Geoffrey Rush didn't sell. Nevertheless, it has pretty, authentic locations and costumes -- so that's worth something.
Stories of unjust persecution are always intriguing. What a justice system where stealing a loaf of bread is a lifetime prison sentence! I had to read Les Miserables in French in high school, and never quite understood it, so the details are interesting. I thought the acting was well done. Liam Neeson does great work, and Geoffrey Rush is fun to hate.
The book is great, read it before you see the movie. Then you'll see that this film could have been so much better than it was.
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