Raymond's Review of Les MisÚrables
With a rousing opening, a confusing and lacklustre middle, and a moving, satisfying conclusion, Les Miserables is a commendable effort to put the musical on the big screen. Using live singing instead of pre-recorded songs, the actors can bring fresh emotion and meaning to the lyrics which has a surprisingly good effect. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman give stunning performances, as well as the rest of the distinguished cast. The set pieces, production design and costumes are impeccable as well. All the songs are shot in close ups and in single shots, and sometimes I felt it was getting too in my face, and didn't let me get totally immersed in the world. Tom Hooper's Les Miserables is occasionally boring, bombastic and over the top, but it is also emotional, gorgeous and features great singing and acting across the board.