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Published February 15th 2013
Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway singing
Les Miserables was originally a stage musical written by Cameron Mackintosh, which celebrated it's 25th stage anniversary in 2010, and was released as a big budget Hollywood film late last year. This film starred big names including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, to name but a few.
I went to see this movie knowing very little about the story apart from what I was told by my other half (who had seen the stage show in London) and the few songs I had heard from a CD of the music on longish car trips, which I will admit made me feel somewhat confused.
What I could get was this; the story was set in France in the early 1800's and follows Jean Valjean (Jackman) who has skipped parole to make a better life for himself and is being constantly hunted by policeman Javert (Crowe). Then there is Fantine (Hathaway), who is working in one of Valjean's factories to make money to sent to the carers of her daughter Cosette (Seyfried plays the older Cosette), Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Madame Thenardier (Helena Bonham Carter) who run a inn.
Fantine gets fired from the factory and becomes a prostitute to make the money before eventually dying from the plague, and Valjean, feeling guilty for her being fired, agrees to take in Cosette as his own. Then there's a student uprising and lots of shooting and death.
Les Miserables Film Poster
I quite enjoyed this film. The settings, the singing, all of it was a feast for all the senses. I didn't actually realise before seeing this movie that Anne Hathaway could actually sing. All the singing was full of the emotions that the songs and the story deserved. I was somewhat disappointed in Russell Crowe's singing, it just felt as though it wasn't quiet right to me. I even shed a tear when the young Gavroche was killed.
Having not seen the stage version, I won't try to make comparisons between the two, but I would recommend going to see this movie. If you aren't a fan of singing in movies, don't go to this because the whole thing is pretty much singing.