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Take tissues by ScoobyD
Awesome job. Seen it on stage a few times, and this film does it justice....and then some. Who knew that Anne Hathaway had THAT in her? Wow. When Russell Crowe is your weakest link, you've got a heckavu movie on your hands! Excellent cinematography, it's like the stage version coming to life before your very eyes. And I LOVE that they worked Colm Wilkenson into it. He IS Les Mis, so it's very cool that they tipped their hat to him like that. I was so afraid that it wouldn't live up to my very high expectations. It did. Tough job for Jackman to hit "Bring Him Home", but he was in a no win situation with that if you're holding him to Colm Wilkenson's standard. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "I Dreamed a Dream" were both fantastic (get the tissues ready for those, btw). I loved Lincoln and was convinced that nothing could beat that, but I stand corrected. Tough Oscar year.
invest in Kleenex by momincolorado
Ok, so I'm pretty familiar with the music and general story line of Les Miz. That still did not prepare me for how great and epic (hate that word, but it fits) this movie is. For the record, yes, there are actors who sing in this movie, and not really many singers who act, but who cares? This wasn't the opera, it was a movie, and the acting was AMAZING. It moved me, which I say so infrequently about movies these days. I'm even going to go back to see it next week, and will drag along the ball-and-chain, who I daresay, may love it too. Anyway, I'm off to buy the soundtrack, so good night, and go see this movie!
Great show! by movielover1111
The acting in this movie is fantastic--I wasn't sure I would like characters singing throughout, but in fact it was very powerful and somehow even seemed natural. The emotional range of the actors--particularly in the close-ups--is amazing and their voices stunning in scene after scene. Definitely worth seeing even if you are not much a fan of musicals.
Bring a Box Of Kleenex by n4zhg
This isn't a clone of the stage musical, but I thought it worked rather well. The story line more closely resembles the novel than the stage version did. There are new songs that meshed well, and remembered songs have had lyrics modified or eliminated. "Little People" was cut to one verse, moved to the barricade scene, and cut off with violence, which was a bit of a shame.
Speaking of little people, little Cosette was a little scene-stealer and cute as a button.
I expected the closing scene with Jean, Cosette, and Marius to be a tear-jerker just like the stage version, and I was not disappointed. The finale was spectacular.
Biggest surprise of the movie: Russell Crowe can actually sing. His range is limited, and it showed in spots, but he was still wildly effective as Javert and his suicide scene was a CGI masterpiece.
Will see again.?
Absolutely Fantastic by sgt.jiggs
I am 64 years young and Les Miz swept me off my feet/seat! Never have I spent a shorter 2 1/2 hours and on the edge of my seat! The only other musical I have enjoyed was West Side Story and it's no comparison to LM... All the characters were believable and the story line so very true to the human tragedy life really is for most, then as now... I must admit, I'm a guy and I wept. By far, THE BEST movie I have ever seen!
Powerful by JonathanOfAwesometon
I teared up several times. This was an extremely powerful and emotional film. Incredible. The actors were all phenomenal, acting as well as singing.
Now to the credit of the director and everyone behind the scenes, they did amazing. This is absolutely the best transition from play to film that's been done. The singing live on set was genius, the crafting of the sets and camera work was flawless. This thing is going to take some academy awards home this year sure. Not all of them, but they will certainly not leave empty handed. Well done!
Wow! by kraigbrown87
Saw this today after having seen the Broadway version. Expectations were not high, but I was completely blown away by the the whole production. Just freaking amazing. I took my 23 and 22 year old sons and my 16 year old daughter and everyone of us got drawn into the story- even after we have seen the story so many times. I was emotional, and I am NOT an emotional person. I can only say that the entire cast and supporting production teams have created a movie that will be around for generations, just like the story, it will not get old. I am going again, taking my wife- and can't wait!
"Do you hear the people sing?" Yes!!! by the-phanatic
To give this film a grade less than an A would be an injustice. What a magificent job by cast crew and director. An amazing screen adaptation of a wonderful Broadway, London, etc musical. This is sheer power, drama, heartache. and an emotional roller coaster throughtout the entire film. My daughter and I have seen the play over 20 times and we are thrilled at Tom Hooper's masterpiece he has created on screen. It's the best adaptation I have seen since West Side Story. If you love the play you'll be thrilled by the movie. As far as Russell Crowe is concerned...he tries..and he's adequate. Gavoroche's scene on the barricades is gut wretching (I think the tragedy in Conn brings on even stronger emotions to this scene which is not downplayed in the film) so be forewarned. Excellent film with a stellar cast!
Magnificent...Unique & Incomparable! A True Masterpiece of Cinema! by Alon Patterson
Been there done that? Not a chance! This film is like a dream and so beautiful there simply aren't adequate words to describe the experience. Think you've seen a great movie musical or two in your lifetime? You haven't seen the best one made in two generations, perhaps ever, if you've missed this one...period. To exhibit this masterpiece in the same venue where a movie like ?End of Watch? is also playing is like mixing oil and water, bordering on hilarious. That film, friends, is the truly Miserable one in the house. This film is a must see experience like none other. There's nothing more worthwhile that's been done in film this year.
Finally a cinema version of a Broadway Musical that should be Oscar worthy. by dpon54
Don't get me wrong, I love movie musicals, but sometimes the intent to make a remake of a Broadway classic has lead to incredible blunders on the part of the movie industry. Take NOT using the lovely voice of Audrey Hepburn for My Fair Lady as a case in point. It was OK to use Rex Harrison's gritty dialogue/singing, but lets make Audrey sound like an opera star.
Enter Tom Hooper, 2012 and Les Miserables. Not only does Mr. Hooper choose to use all of the casts voices, but he has them sing the actual songs while shooting rather than lip synching to a sound track recorded earlier. And then to add just a little more realism, he uses close ups of the actors, and the human condition of the time to show, a gritty realism that Broadway could not.
The cinematography, sets and performances were all that I would expect from the director of The Kings Speech. And as fan of the live musical of Les Miserables, I found little to complain about the film version.