Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

1st February 2013

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks.

Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination as the notorious Jean Valjean and despite Russell Crowe’s singing talent not holding up to the rest of the cast he is still a formidable figure as Javert. Aaron Tivet is probably the handsomest of the cast with his Enjolras and Amanda Seyfried plays the elder Cosette well – even if her quavering tones can grate on the ears a bit. Comedic value is added with Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter – both entertaining though I do suggest that it may be time to get a new character Helena (at least Baron Cohen wasn’t Johnny Depp this time). All in all – Les Misérables is without a doubt one of the best films I’ve seen in a while. 


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