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Star Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Musical, Drama
Cast: Hugh Jackman (X-Men, The Prestige), Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, Dear John, Red Riding Hood), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, My Week With Marilyn), Helen Bonham Carter (HarryPotter, The Kings Speech), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, The Dictator, Bruno)
Adapted from the hit musical by Claude Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer (English Lyrics) and Alain Boubil (French Lyrics), based upon the novel by Victor Hugo. In the backdrop of the french revolution, after breaking parole Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) agrees to care for a young women’s (named Fantine) daughter-Cosette, whilst being hunted by a ruthless policeman (Javert, played Russel Crowe).
Nine years later Jean Valjean has raised Fantine’s child as his own, when they return to the area where Cosette was raised she meets Marius, a member of the revolution. Jean Valjean is frown into the conflict, all whilst Javert hunts for him.
There has never been a time where Les Miserables has not delivered joy, laughter and heartbreak. In fact, it gets better with every viewing. Even after seeing the film twice, witnessed the stage production and listened to the soundtrack (I’m actually listening to that as I write this very word), I still could sing along and be enchanted by Les Miserables.
Anne Hathaway sings I Dreamed a Dream in a way which will touch the hearts of every human on Earth, Hugh Jackman gives one of 2012’s best performance’s. It makes me wonder how Tom Hooper (the director) managed to make a film so enjoyable, and on such a grand scale. With all the songs being sung live as the cameras film, Les Miserables is a work of genius.
If somebody casts away Les Miserables as an old, dingy, musical, that isn’t worth watching then I will have to disagree with them completely. Winner of 3 academy awards (including best supporting-actress) and nominations for best actor, best picture, best costumes and best original song. You have to watch Les Miserables (that is a fact!), the world’s longest running stage musical lands in the cinema world, in style.
Banburyshire Info TV and Film Critic
Noah. I am 12 years old and I am writing all the film and TV reviews that you will see on this page. I love films. I love them because how they take you into a completely different world to your own. Films take you on an emotional journey, whether they make you cry or laugh films are wonderful. Even the terrible ones make you laugh, because they are so terrible. Films have the ability to show us other worlds and show us how the world that we live in is changing.
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