Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Movie Review: Les Miserables
Movie review by Lauren
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IMDB Summary: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
Review: I love musicals, but I have never seen Les Mis until I saw the movie. I figured I would enjoy the movie because I recognized various actors within it, and I'd rather chance the film instead of the play. Now I hope to see the actual play version some day because I really fell in love with the story.
I've heard some complaints about Russell Crowe, and I can see where people are coming from. Unlike the other actors, he is more of an actor than a singer. I still think he did a fine job overall, though. However, as I said above, I didn't enter this movie knowing all about the musical and hearing the songs performed by a Broadway cast. That might change how you hear the songs.
Apart from Crowe, I think everyone else did a really good job. Hugh Jackman was just phenonemal and him and Crowe are the cast that span the entire film. If you aren't aware (and I was not), Les Mis takes place over many years, so not all the characters will continue on through the entire movie. I didn't mind this though, because it allowed me to see many talented actors and it gave them their own moment in the movie to shine.
My favorite was probably Samantha Barks, who played the lonely Eponine. She sang "On My Own" and it was my all-time favorite moment in the film. It's such a haunting, beautiful song about being in love with someone who will never love you back the way you want them too. This was Barks' debut in film (she had already played Eponine on the stage) and I can't wait to see what she does next!
Eddie Redmayne wonderfully played Eponine's love interest, Marius. He cares about Eponine, but he actually falls for Amanda Seyfried's character, Cosette (the girl on the above poster is a young Cosette). This romance fell a bit short for me because it was so cliche. It takes place in seconds, and while I'm glad they had each other in the end, it makes me feel even more bad for Eponine...as she really knew Marius.
As for Cosette, my favorite version was the younger, because I love seeing actresses and actors shine so brightly at such a young age. Young Cosette was played by Isabelle Allen, a ten year-old in her first film performance. It's amazing! Another young actor in the film that was extraordinary was Daniel Huttlestone, who played Gavroche. This was his first film as well. I do hope to see these two go on to do wonderful things. They had wonderful voices and a great prescence. You couldn't not fall in love with their characters.
I could go on and on about this film, mentioning my love for Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen (who played some kooky characters that added a lot of much-needed comedic relief), but I don't want to make this review too long.
I'm curious, though, what did you think? Have you seen the musical?