Les MisÚrables Reviews
The singing should have been used more sparingly as it would have enhanced the feeling of the movie and would have established Act changes throughout the movie. Unfortunately a nearly 3 hour unbroken song, doesn't work.
Whilst I like Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe I believe that Russel Crowe was out of his depth for what was needed in the singing. I even believe Hugh Jackman was at his limit. In reality I would have preferred seeing Hugh as Javert and Russel removed and replaced with a superior singer, someone like Gerard Butler would have been better. Anne Hathaway played it well and Eddie Redmayne/Amanda Seyfried/Samantha Barks were all fantastic. Even though these are minor roles and I think Helena Bonham Carter is great, yet her and Sacha Baron Cohen were both terrible choices and each of their appearances ruined the scenes they were in for me. People who are known as Operatic singers should have been chosen over actors. It's why this movie suffers so badly is that nearly every role is crammed with an actor who can sing (even badly). More singers less actors would have been preferred. Having one or two big names would have been more than sufficient. Yet we got seven big names - I'm reminded of the old saying "too many chefs in the kitchen".
However fans of Les Miserables and musicals in general, will get a kick out it's massive scope, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks's incredible performances as Jean Valjean, Fantine and Eponine, respectively and the reworking of Claude's scores and songs for the big screen. It may not be the best version of the musical, but Tom Hooper mostly succeeds at making this work within the context of a film.