This is going to be rare for me to do. I don’t go to the cinema that often, so for me to do a cinematic movie review will be few and far between.
I have been rather excited for Les Miserables to come out, I even began to read the book (which is pretty hardcore, if you’ve read the book completely well done!), I know a few of the song’s and knew the general plot but essentially I was a clean slate, I had none of the theatrical works to back on upon when judging the actors in their roles and I can’t really judge people on their singing since, well am not really a professional singer, if it doesn’t make me cringe or want to get out then I don’t see them as a bad (or as someone put it abysmal) singer.
Okay, now that’s covered I shall go onwards into the review.
I loved that Colm Wilkinson was the Bishop at the beginning with Hugh Jackman, it was kinda like him blessing the ‘new’ Jean Valjean as it were. Perhaps that is just me though – yes I have never seen the musical but I have listened to the songs.
I really hope Hugh Jackman get the Oscar for this, there was moment’s when you could just feel the fear when Valjean came face to face with Javert, it was just some amazing tension there and his eyes just brought it out even more on screen.
Russell Crowe as Javert was pretty good, I don’t think he made the character pop in anyway at all, but he did a fairly good job with the character. And no, I don’t think he is a bad singer, he’s fine and it’s probably rather tough when you are with actors who have done either musicals in movies or in theatre’s while he hasn’t, this is kinda transporting Crowe into another ‘world’ as it were.
Anne Hathaway as Fantine… She was good, she did a good job with the character and the scenes with her were gritty; yet I found myself forgetting about her later on in the movie. So not exactly a memorable character to me at least.
Cossette looks so sweet as a child and an adult, yet again there is no real personality with her, I don’t believe that is the actor’s fault though, that is just how Cossette was written, to be a poor girl who the audience’s heart-strings are pulled for and then later after so many years we are happy to learn that she has been raised to be a young lady, if albeit a lonely one because of Jalvert and Valjean wanting to make sure they weren’t being followed. At least that was what I understood from it, I can (obviously) be wrong though.
Samantha Barks as Eponine was rather good, as she should be since she has done Eponine on stage. My one complaint is that she isn’t a loud singer, I lost her voice during the One Day More song when I really should have heard her, although that could have just been due to editing at the end though.
I won’t go into Marius, because he was a decent character the final song that he sung in the cafe to his long gone friends was very nicely done, but over all he just seemed a bit… dry and bland.
Finally the Thenardier’s by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter added a bit of humour into an otherwise depressing film. There was just the right amount of humour to ‘life’ the film a little bit but it didn’t take away from what it was trying to get across. Cohen and Carter just gelled so well together that it was seamless how well they preformed.
The costumes in the film were amazing as well, Cossette’s clothes as an adult looked beautiful, but the attention to detail in the other costumes of the men and Javert when he was wearing his military uniform was so pretty.
Overall I think this review seems to be of mixed signals, however I did enjoy the film overall just certain character’s didn’t pop as much as they could have – to me at least – although that didn’t take away from the film, nor did it make the film seem like it was never going to end, at over two and a half hours long you’d expect that but it just seemed to go by so quickly.
Who know’s I might actually go and see this movie again at some point!