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Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.
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At the end of 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. What exactly, I'm still not sure.
Tom Hooper gets a bit carried away with swoopy shots, and the close-ups are unrelenting, but crucially he lets the filth and the squalor in.
Fans of the original production, no doubt, will eat the movie up, and good luck to them. I screamed a scream as time went by.
... Jackman, who should get a Nobel Prize for the way he carries pretty much the whole undertaking on his shoulders, so protean and virile is his singing and acting throughout.
At the heart of the "Les Misérables" movie was a good idea that just didn't work out this time. The idea was that the actors should sing their songs live on camera.
We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les Misérables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors.
Hammy camerawork and duff delivery aside, Les Misérables' biggest crime is arguably its lack of true spectacle.
For those unfamiliar with the play, watching the movie will make for a decent introduction; it's a bit overlong, perhaps, but while there's a slight disconnect from the source material, there's also an undeniable passion and respect for it.
A spectacular musical adaptation, Les Miserables is a mind-boggling production.
If your Christmas must include streets soaked in blood alongside bawdy, dishonest, but so amusing innkeepers, Les Miserables is certainly the holiday movie for you.
That being said, the movie is not without its flaws, but all in all, it's a beautiful, moving production.
It's just so soaringly monotonous... And although hard-core fans will love this whatever, and good luck to them, I'd rather set fire to my own hair than ever have to sit through it again. It would be over quicker, at least.
Okay, don't expect West-End-quality singing, but I think the acting and cinematography do justice to the full spectrum of emotions spanned by this beloved story. I was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous singing of Marius, Eponine, Gavroche, and Anne Hathaway was mesmerising. I forgot how much I loved Les Miserables so this gets an extra star for bringing it back to me. Keep a tall glass of water nearby, you'll need it to replenish what you lose in tears and joy.
This adaptation is grand in scale and performances but Les MisÃ (C)rables seemingly falls flat with its overwhelming use of musical dialogue. The film based on the acclaimed novel-turned-musical is catchy and beautiful at times with its tunes but the lengthy portrayal and character development (or lack thereof) doesn't help reach whatever high notes it could've potentially hit. 3/5
I'm just going to pretend that Tom Hooper won his Oscar for this and not 'The King's Speech'.
I just can't seem to get into this. The close-ups are just too much and somehow singing in this movie does not enthrall me at all. The way this was done did not translate well into film.
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