Les Miserables details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Colm Wilkinson, Sacha Baron Cohen, George Blagden, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham-Carter, Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried, Frances Ruffelle, Samantha Barks|
|Genres:||Drama, Music/Musical, Romance|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||2 hours 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Jul 2013|
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Opposite of a miserable night outBy Nootlin (134 reviews) from London , 06 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) brings Les Miserables to the big screen once more, but for the first time as an adaptation of the musical stage play. In every sense this is an epic undertaking, and the casting was key. They're all phenomenal. Expect a best supporting actor nomination for Anne Hathaway, and best actor for Hugh Jackman. Unlike Mamma-Mia, everyone involved can not only carry a tune, but belts out their individual numbers with emotion and gusto. Les Miserables is a great story, and a great musical, so there wasn't much work needed there. 19th century France looks amazing from first scene to last - great use of CGI. My only quibble (hence fours stars, not five) is with the cinematography. Like some of the choices made in The King's Speech, the camera work is sometimes off-putting. I guess this can be put at the directors door, however considering the performances he coaxed from the entire cast, this is a very minor gripe. For musical fans, for Les Miserables fans, and for all fans of great epic adventures. That's... everyone, right??
I'm going out on a limb now to say that the film is better than the stage play. Each format offers a different experience, but the fact that film actors don't need to be stagy or project their voices and can crawl into their characters is very appealing. If you cry at the musical, I think you'll gush at the film. Blending the power of the music and lyrics with close-ups and other film techniques impossible to recreate on stage, it's a magical experience.
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Miserable singing ruined it for me.By dustyd (23 reviews) , 16 Dec 2013Oh this is painful. I loved the stage version and was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, far too many actors and not singers. The songs in this are fabulous and deserve to be sung properly- Russell Crowe for example. What the hell was all that? Anne Hathaway was actually better than I expected but Amanda Sefried was far too weak in her part as was the lady who played Fantine spoiling those songs for me. Take my advice watch the stage play performed by singers, then really feel the power of the story and the music.
Singing every word!!!By a customer , 15 Dec 2013I know a lot of people will read this and think I'm stupid, but I had no idea that they sang every word! I couldn't cope and started to laugh at Russ and Hugh even though they did a great job. Sorry not for me.
Great MovieBy a customer , 14 Dec 2013Very AMAAAZZING and inpirational movie! Please do watch! I dont normally like musicals but even I loved this film (not annoying :)
Upstaged by the stage versionBy SussexScribbler (2 reviews) , 03 Dec 2013I loved the stage version so was really keen to see this. It's good...but not as good as I'd hoped. Most of the singing was excellent, particularly Hugh Jackman and the girl who played Eponine, but somehow it didn't draw me in as much as the stage musical. The scenery seemed rather fake too, considering this is a big budget film. My non-musical-loving partner was bored rigid as it was all singing and no speech and overlong.
The stage show on dvd is betterBy milliepops (77 reviews) , 03 Dec 2013Although Hugh Jackman is brilliant in this, Russell Crowe's singing isn't. Rent the 'Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Performance' with Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean if you want to see how it should be done with actors with wonderful voices. It's so much better than the film.