Les Miserables Review

Les Misérables (2012)
Les Misérables poster IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 (176,369 votes)
Director(s): Tom Hooper
Writer(s): William Nicholson (screenplay), Alain Boublil (screenplay), Claude-Michel Schönberg (screenplay), Herbert Kretzmer (screenplay), Alain Boublil (stage musical "Les Misérables"), Claude-Michel Schönberg (stage musical "Les Misérables"), Victor Hugo (novel)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
Runtime: 158 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Plot: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Plot Summary:

The King’s Speech’s Tom Hooper directs this adaptation of Cameron Mackintosh’s successful musical version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The drama surrounds the obsessive quest of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) as he spends years in an effort to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman).

Cast:

  •  Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean
  • Russell Crowe as Javert
  • Anne Hathaway as Fantine
  • Amanda Seyfried as Cosette
  • Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier
  • Samantha Barks as Éponine

Tech-Ticker’s Opinion:

This adaptation of Les Miserables will satisfy both fans of the musical and the novel, who undoubtedly fall in love with this movie, and will find themselves humming to a few of the songs. and its a good chance for those who are new to the story to get introduce to this classic of french literature.

The music and the performance of the actors were beautiful. Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Anne Hathaway (Fantine) and Samantha Barks (Eponine) delivered outstanding performances and their voice captivated viewers and immersed them into the deep emotional experiences of the characters throughout the movie.

The weakest performance was by Russel Crowe who’s voice and performance of some of Javert’s classic songs were not up to par with the other characters.

Another big success of the movie was the visual effects and backdrop of 19th century Paris which helped submerge viewers even deeper into the storyline..

the only negative comment that one can mention is the length of the movie, but anyone familiar with the novel will attest that being able to translate the lengthy classic novel into a feature movie, while being true to the story is an achievement on its own.

Finally, this adaptation of Les Miserables is a big success that will leave fans of the novel and those new to the story satisfied.

Written by Carol Ayat

Run Time: 157 min

Trivia & Goofs

  • Paul Bettany was considered for the role of Inspector Javert before Russell Crowe was cast.
  • Amy Adams, Jessica Biel, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Rebecca Hall were considered to play Fantine, before Anne Hathaway was cast.
  • Hayden Panettiere, Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele, Emily Browning, Lucy Hale and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for the role of Eponine, before it was rumored that Taylor Swift had been offered the role. In the end, Samantha Barks was cast.
  • Geoffrey Rush, who played the role of Javert in the non-musical ‘Les Misérables (1998)’, was considered for the role of Monsieur Thenardier before Sacha Baron Cohen was cast.
  • Anne Hathaway reportedly blew everyone away at her audition, leaving them in tears.
  • Coincidentally, Anne Hathaway sang with Hugh Jackman at the Academy Awards (twice). The second time, Hathaway was hosting and sang ‘On My Own’ to Jackman because Jackman refused to sing with her. Later, Jackman was cast in this movie and he suggested Hathaway as Fantine. She was later cast.
  • Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen (The Thenardiers) have co-starred before in another musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • Anne Hathaway actually cut her hair very short for this movie, in a scene where her character sells her hair.
  • Hugh Jackman lost considerable weight and grew a real scraggly beard for scenes of Valjean as a prisoner, though mercifully they were shot first in production and he could shave and return to his usual weight for scenes playing Valjean as a wealthy man.
  • Hugh Jackman went 36 hours without water, causing him to lose water weight around his eyes and cheeks, giving him the gaunt appearance of a prisoner.
  • Hugh Jackman claimed Jean Valjean’s death scene was the most difficult to perform, since it was filmed on a freezing cold set at 1 in the morning, making it hard on his voice.
  • Though cut from the theatrical edit, Anne Hathaway insisted that she perform a single stunt that involved Fantine’s corpse being thrown from window into an awaiting cart. Both director Tom Hooper and the producers had already hired a stunt woman and were hesitant to allow Anne to make the fall. Anne was able to convince them to perform the stunt when she stated, “Don’t make me say it… guys, I’m Catwoman” (in regards to her previous role in The Dark Knight Rises).
  • Before his release from prison in what is likely 1815, Valjean is told to recover a flag from the ship, which shown as the French Tricolor. From 1815 to 1830 during the Bourbon Restoration, the French flag was the Bourbon Flag – white with gold fleur-de-lis.
  • Gavroche dies with his eyes open. They are closed when he is carried from the barricade, but open again when Javert finds him.
  • While at the barricade, Marius is not wearing a ring. Later, when in the Paris sewers with Valjean, Thénardier steals it from him and returns it at his wedding, thus revealing that Valjean saved him.



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