Wednesday, 6 November 2013

FILM: Les Miserables (7/10)

Why did I watch it?
The Mrs loved it and thought I needed to see it so I decided to give it a go.

What's it all about?
Les Miserables tells the story of one Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a paroled convict, over several decades in 19th century France. Valjean becomes guardian of factory worker Fantine's (Anne Hathaway) daughter Cosette and ends up taking part in a Parisian revolutionary uprising, all the while being hunted by Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).

The Good:
  • Intensity from live singing has to be credited .
  • Grand production - nice visuals of France/Paris.
  • Hugh Jackman's dedication to the role. The man gives everything.
  • Appearance of Sascha Baron Cohen brings a bit of humour.
  • Epic story.
The Bad:
  • Seriously, how many words rhyme with Cosette?
  • The shock of no dialogue whatsoever took some getting over.
  • Yeah Russell Crowe's singing isn't great but at least he tried.
Jean Valjean...decent Movember entry
Favourite line:
'La la la la, ' - Everyone

Stand-out moment:
Jean Valjean and Javert facing off time and time again.

Like singing? Watch: Mamma Mia, Evita etc.
Like the director? Watch: The King's Speech

What my wife would say: I love musicals.

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 70%
Metacritic - 63/100
LAMB Score - 3.73/5

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