Dayna's Review of Les MisÚrables
Phenomenal! Gong into this movie I did not know the story but I had heard some of the music before and I am a fan of musicals so I figured I would go see this movie. I'm glad I did! This is the way that musicals should be made for the big screen. I know that the critics were bashing this movie because the actors sang live while they were filming instead of prerecording and I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. The live singing added so much emotion to the movie, which was great because this is by no means a warm and fuzzy story and you could see and feel the actors pain and joy.
Almost everyone did a fantastic job with the singing too. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen killed it and were a joy to watch. Anne Hathaway gave one of the best performances of her career and it and Russel Crowe was also incredible. However, I did have a few complaints about the rest of the cast. Hugh Jackman may make a good wolverine but I think he should stay out of the music business, as his portrayal of Jean Valihean was less than impressive and he was overshadowed by other cast members. Also he needs to learn to sing. Others that need to learn to sing properly include Amanda Seyfried and her boyfriend.
Now in the future I hope to see this movie win some awards and also hope that they continue to make movies out of musicals! Maybe Wicked will be next!?