Les Misérables Review

Cinema is full of surprises for me. Forgoing my usual grumbles about going to watch something I’m not immediately keen on, I went into Les Mis with an open mind.

Not knowing anything going in, I felt I was in a good position to judge if it would make sense and if it would be at all entertaining, especially considering it’s long run time.

Bar getting extremely uncomfortable (damn those Odeon seats!), I really enjoyed it. At times emotionally charged and at others highly rousing, it does a great job of showing the highs and lows of the story.

Regarding the cast and their singing ability, the entire cast acquitted themselves well, with Anne Hathaway’s Fantine and Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean carrying the show supremely well. There has been talk about Russell Crowe’s lack of ability, which I think has been harsh. There is the odd fluffed note, but I wasn’t expecting perfection and found his parts to be some of the most entertaining. His stoic, gruff nature suits the character well. Though I’m not usually keen on children singing, but Daniel Huttlestone deserves mention as Gavroche, nailing the character’s rebellious nature.

Tom Hooper makes great use of the larger canvas that film affords him, and the sets are fantastic, with swooping shots adding to the epic nature. The barricades and sewers stood out in particular.
Though it isn’t the easiest watch, and the way in which it is sung through could be off putting for some, Les Misérables is great and more than deserving of your attention. I’m not a big musical lover; but it convinced me and maybe it will you.

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