Andrew's Review of Les MisÚrables
Les Mis is the first musical that I've seen in the theaters and I loved it! However, the film did have some issues. The movie follows the story of Jean Valjean, a former thief who has been recently been released from captivity after stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, a whole bunch of plot lines are created and followed through this massive but great film. For starters, if you're not a fan of musicals, stay clear away from this film. Approximately 95% of this film is done in song. Also, try to keep small children away from this film as well. Not only will they eventually tire of its massive length (more on that in a minute), but there's also a good amount of violence and sexual content in the film. Now, to start with the problems in the film, since there's not many. The biggest issue I had with Les Mis was the length. The story is intriguing, yet incredibly dragged out and I could really feel the length in this film. It will leave viewers checking their watches when the film hits the hour and a half mark. The other issue that I had in this film was Russel Crowe, who played Javert. Sure he's a good actor, but he's not the greatest singer in the world. He was easily the weakest link among all the other actors who were singing really well. Now that the problems are out of the way, let me just say that Les Mis is a great musical with stunning cinematography and breathtaking performances. All the characters' misery is realistic and brings understanding to why they are in such pain. I also have to applaud Anne Hathaway for her amazing performance as Cosette's mother. While she's not in it for long, she is still able to bring a good performance. I also really enjoyed Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter for their roles as the comic reliefs in the film. Overall, Les Mis is one of the best films this year. While far from being the greatest, it's still able to make a great story via many singing actors.