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Tell Us: What Do You Think About Les Misérables the Movie?

Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe is a musical and visual feast – but not for the whole family.

The must-see holiday movie of the year arrived Christmas Day as Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

The movie adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical features Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s innovation of actors singing live, taping their singing parts while filming rather than lip-synching and their songs being added in post-production. The result is best captured when Anne Hathaway, as the desperate single mother Fantine, sings “I Dreamed A Dream” and the audience sobs with her as she despairs over her life as a prostitute. 

Hooper honors the source material from Victor Hugo’s story while providing a visual feast, from the opening scene where you brace yourself to be splashed with water to floating upward with a torn piece of paper rising to heaven to balancing on a narrow ledge with Notre Dame.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter add comic relief as corrupt innkeepers and the cruel foster parents of Fantine's daughter, Cosette. One of their scenes will leave you roaring with laughter while vowing never to eat sausage again. 

While set in 19th century France, the movie’s themes make it feel relevant for today. Take your teens, but not your kids under age 13. In addition to the movie’s violence, watching Fantine’s descent into hell as she sells her hair, teeth, then finally herself away will break your heart and leave a child with nightmares—Les Misérables indeed.  

TELL US: Was Les Miserables the must see holiday movie for you this year and if not, what are you looking forward to seeing more?

Chuck Baird January 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I basically do not like musicals. However, the stars in this movie made it not only enjoyable but truly spectacular. Would gladly pay to watch it again! Chuck
Peach January 06, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I expected great performances from Jackman & Hathaway and I was not disappointed. I was pleasantly suprised by Eddie Redmayne. His performance as Marius was BRILLANT! Russel Crowe was miscast as Javert.... he doesn't have the chops for the role and was not believeable ..he was Russel Crowe playing Javert..... STOP READING if you do not want to know the suprise cameo appearance. The great Stage Actor/Tenor Colm Wilkerson (the BEST Jean ValJean EVER) plays the priest, a nice touch for the die hard Les Mis fan!! * If you are not familiar with Colm.... check out Les Mis 10th anniversary on Youtube....be sure you watch TENTH Anniversary, Not 25th Anniversary . Peach

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