Matt's Review of Les MisÚrables
Tom Hooper follows up "The King's Speech" with a bold and emotionally gritty musical based on one of the great works of modern fiction. It may be overlong and over the top, but when "Les Mis" works, it's magical.
Boosted by powerful performances all around, this film ultimately proves itself both heartwarming and inspiring, even in the face of its dark and gloomy and storyline. The constant singing in place of dialog starts to feel a bit tedious and the story drags a bit, but there is no denying the incredible staying power of Anne Hathaway's rousing adaptation of "I Dreamed a Dream," and the emotionally satisfying musical finale. It may not be a film for everyone, but "Les Miserables" is a well-crafted and satisfying musical, and (though it's not perfect) one of the best films of the year.