“Les Miserables” ~ CFDb Movie Review & Giveaway

Les Miserables

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

 

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This was a HUGE disappointment to us because everyone was talking about how great this movie is.  Although I like some musicals, I wasn’t expecting practically every single word to be in song.  That was the first disappointment.  The 2nd disappointment was there were several places where the words of the songs were just lewd and a couple of scenes that left me in shock and disbelief that they would show such things.  If you’ve seen the movie I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.  We actually considered walking out on the movie in the middle.

If it wasn’t for the amazing performances by Russell, Hugh, Anne, and a few others it would have be unbearable and we really like the story itself.  I actually really liked the woman who played Eponine – Samantha Barks.eponineSo, with all that disappointment and one of the worst experiences there really were some GREAT moments, especially the scene where his (Jean Valjean) life is given over to God over the priests’ amazing act of love and kindness.  Powerful words spoken there and a real change of character seen.  True Christianity in action is shown in this movie many times.

So I know now that I’ve given a bad review a lot more people will actually go and see it but be warned if you are bringing your children.  There is one scene in particular that I wish I could erase from my memory forever!

Just a side note – the theater was pretty packed and it was a huge theater and not even opening day and the audience clapped at the end.

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  1. Cindy says
    05 January 13, 9:04am

    *May Be Spoilers* (trying not to, but no promises)

    I went on New Year’s Day…and I saw the same film you did. There were moments of brilliance…and Samantha Barks as Eponine was certainly one of them! She almost made me cry…and that is tough to do. Her character is a bit different from the book (ok…the Cliff Notes of the book. lol), but she was one of my favorites as a character and as one of the actors. I would be willing to actively campaign for her to win an Oscar. 🙂

    The scenes you would like to forget are no doubt the same ones that I felt were unnecessary. In fact, several people at the theater where I was did walk out. The choreography was outstanding, but vulgarity can be taken too far. There was more than one scene that I would have preferred be toned down.

    To me, this almost qualified to be an opera. I normally don’t say, “too much singing”, but there were a few lines that made me giggle because the actor just didn’t perform as well [as the stage performance]. Some of the moments that I suppose were meant to be dramatic or emotional didn’t work for me because of an odd camera angle or something not quite right.

    I’m glad I saw it, even if I didn’t think it was as wonderful as I heard from many people. However, I watched the 25th anniversary of the musical a couple of days ago (Youtube) and I saw that great singers could pull off some of the songs that didn’t impress me as much. I thought Russell Crowe was ok, but some of his lines would have been better off spoken. I did not like the singing of the adult Cossette at all.

    It wasn’t spectacular, but it was better than many of the other films I see. I often wish someone would do a “What were you thinking when you made that decision?” interview with directors, but I can only assume they made the film they wanted. Since I have no desire to make one myself, I guess I should hang on to my opinions too. 🙂

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