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Les Misérables

Les Misérables
  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 158 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Written by: Claude-Michael Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Victor Hugo
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
  • UK release: 11 January 2013

Boublil & Schönberg’s musical of Hugo’s 1862 novel is transferred to the screen by King’s Speech director Hooper. It all depends on your tolerance for people bursting into song; easy to mock, perhaps, but fun while it's on, and the sincere performances (especially Hathaway's) aid the immersion.

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Les Misérables

7 Jan 20133 stars

A strong cast with good singing voices lift up Tom Hooper's French Revolution musical adap

The musical is a taste that, once acquired, tends to stick. Fall for South Pacific or Evita or The Rocky Horror Picture Show at an impressionable age, and your crush is likely to outlast far more credible affiliations. Conversely, if you never got your…

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1. Ray Cox5 Feb 2013, 11:13am Report

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2. Perthshire FilmFanatic25 Feb 2013, 12:45am4 stars Les Misérables Report

Tom Hooper’s epic movie version of the well-loved musical will send the devoted home happy, while at the same time pointing out to the rest of the masses (myself included) what all the fuss is about. For the latter, a quick catch-up. First published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s five-volume French door-stopper follows a paroled ex con, Jean Valjean, as he reinvents himself from petty thief to upright model citizen. Yet try as he might he can’t seem to shake Inspector Javert, a dogged lawman who hounds him even as he becomes a wealthy mayor and surrogate father to an orphan. Boldly retaining the show’s sung-through format with vocals recorded live on set, Hooper opts for a gritty, epic approach that is utterly stirring and mesmerizing throughout.

There are drawbacks, of course, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as a pair of comically devious innkeepers seem detached and in a different movie altogether, and without an interval viewers might find themselves exhausted and emotionally drained. But thankfully it's not to long before there's a musket vs cannon face-off, and by the gut-wrenching, emotional ending I challenge you to find a genuine dry eye in the house.

All in all, it's a stunning piece of epic film-making, featuring two wonderful performances from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

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