Les Misérables

Rated PG-13 158 minutes 2012

This is a grand, beautifully shot adaptation of the legendary musical, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman in the heavy-lifting role of persecuted bread thief Jean Valjean. Set in 19th-century France, it calls for nearly every word to be sung, and it’s a major undertaking. Amazingly, Hooper had his cast sing live on the set rather than prerecording in a sound booth, and this results in a moving musical experience. Jackman has a spectacular voice, and you get a true sense that he and his co-stars are acting these songs, rather than lip-synching. Anne Hathaway will probably win an Oscar for her work as Fantine, singing her big number in one take and summoning honest, heart wrenching tears. Russell Crowe, as Valjean’s lawman nemesis Javert, doesn’t have half of Jackman’s voice, but there’s something about his interpretation that is appropriate and amplifies the character’s loneliness. Every number is treated with a majestic grace that makes this one of the greatest movie musicals I have ever seen.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.lesmiserablesfilm.com

Director: Tom Hooper

Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, Angela Morrison, Liza Chasin, Nicholas Allott and F. Pappas

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Huttlestone, Isabelle Allen, Natalya Wallace, Colm Wilkinson, Patrick Godfrey, Marc Pickering, Georgie Glen, Heather Chasen, Stephen Tate, Bertie Carvel and Tim Downie

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