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…they’re never right anyway!

I went to see the movie version of the Broadway play, “Les Miserables”, aka Les Miz.

Kes Mis

It was wonderful.

Many of the critics have panned it, given it a B-, said the director was trying to cram the camera down the throats of the actors, called it too broad, too big, too loud, too much.

Cosette and Marius

Well, they’re wrong!

I may be a tad biased.  I love Victor Hugo’s story, yes, the novel is a tad hard to read, but the story of ValJean and Javert is a classic, and resonates in any era.

Hugo

Good v. Evil is always interesting.

The book has been made into a movie 12 times before this latest version, starting in 1909, with one in 1952, and the last in 1998, which was the Liam Neeson/Geoffrey Rush version.

Hathaway

Again, I may be a little biased since I’d pay to watch Anne Hathaway walk across the street.  She’s in the league with Jessica Lange and Reese Witherspoon when it comes to making a role come to life and surprising the heck out of the audience.

Hathaway is wonderful in the part of Fantine, nailing “THE” song, “I Dreamed a Dream” in one take.

There were surprises.  Russell Crowe!  A. He can sing.  B.  He brought a newness to Javert that may change the role forever.  He was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Crowe

The sets, scenery, script, music, acting, editing (really good), were all great.

Marius could actually sing and was a character you could actually believe in.

Over all, I give it an A+.

There were other surprises.  Sasha Baron Cohen did not ruin the movie as I had expected.  Helena Bonham Carter played the thieving innkeeper’s wife to perfection, and the two and a half hours did not seem like two and a half hours…even if I did buy the large drink!

Recommendation:  don’t do that!

Cohen and Carter

Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway, Seyfried, Carter, and Cohen were all great, did their jobs, sang well, acted well, fit the part…

Jackman

…but the one who stole the show was the tiny kid who played Gavroche.  Daniel Huttlestone played the mischievous street urchin in the West End production of the stage version.  He knew the part, he was Gavroche!

Gavroche

And frankly, he made the movie, and is the most moving character on the screen!

Just a bit of warning.  If you don’t like musicals, don’t go.  There’s not one word that isn’t sung.  Hello, thank you, good-bye…all singing!

But, if you do like musicals, forget the critics, go see it.

 

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