- 158 min
- 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.
After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is freed by Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother's (Anne Hathaway) death, but Javert's relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.
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