Writers: William Nicholson (screenplay), Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil (book), Victor Hugo (novel), Herbert Kretzmer (lyrics)
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit
Les Misérables is one of the greatest musicals of all time, and Tom Hooper's screen adaptation has just made it one of the greatest musicals in cinematic history. The acting is among the best I've ever seen. The music is uplifting, depressing, and beautiful. The story is both grand and interesting and the cinematography is fantastic. I've been acquainted with this story and its music for a long time, but I never really visualised the feelings behind the songs until I saw this movie. The actors breathe life and soul into the music, making it one of the best films of 2012.
'Les Miserables' travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl (Anne Hathaway) with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, which eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), Marius (Eddie Redmayne) who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine (Samantha Barks), a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras (Aaron Tveit) leads the students to fight upon the barricades.
|This is Hugh Jackman's greatest performance. The role of a lifetime!|
|Anne Hathaway never fails to make me cry in Les Miserables.|
Hugh Jackman also gave an absolutely terrific performance as a man who has hit rock bottom and learns to love again. This is by far his greatest role, and he definitely deserves an Oscar nomination for playing Jean Valjean. The scene where he sings 'Valjean's Soliloquy' is breathtaking. I don't know how he put so much raw emotion into his singing and acting, all I know is that it elevated this film into real greatness.
|Crowe played a strong, but surprisingly sensitive Javert.|
|Samantha Barks broke my heart with her song 'On My Own.'|
I could talk for hours about how amazing the music and cinematography is. To me, there is no musical better than 'Les Misérables' in these aspects. This film is a masterpiece. It's acting is as good as any legendary film. It affected me more than any rendition of the musical, for it had me in tears many times. On this basis, I'd call it one of the greatest films of all time.