Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Tom Hooper (2012)

151min
12 Certificate
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The long-running stage sensation emerges as a well-mounted film "poperetta" in the hands of The King's Speech director Tom Hooper. He takes an episodic approach to Victor Hugo's epic saga that revolves around Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman, the bona fide star of this show), a thief-turned-good Samaritan who is doggedly pursued through 19th-century France by the intractable officer Javert (Russell Crowe, looking as awkward as Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!). Though the story is abridged it is still rousing thanks to evergreen anthems like Bring Him Home and Anne Hathaway's powerfully moving rendition of I Dreamed a Dream. But because Hooper doesn't vary their presentation - all camera swoops and emoting close-ups - and because every scene is enacted in song (performed live, with no studio enhancements) it can be rather heavy going. A grimy look and overliteral rhyming in the mundane libretto doesn't help matters. Even if this doesn't convert those who loathe musicals, fans of the stage version will find it built to please.

Summary

A former prisoner tries to lead an honest life in post-revolutionary France, despite being pursued everywhere by a fanatical police inspector. He promises a poverty-stricken factory worker that he will raise her child, a relationship that gives his life new meaning, but both of them are drawn into an uprising against the reinstated monarchy. Musical, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Cast & Crew

Jean Valjean Hugh Jackman
Fantine Anne Hathaway
Inspector Javert Russell Crowe
Madame Thénardier Helena Bonham Carter
Cosette Amanda Seyfried
Monsieur Thénardier Sacha Baron Cohen
Marius Eddie Redmayne
Enjolras Aaron Tveit
Eponine Samantha Barks
Bishop of Digne Colm Wilkinson
Whore Frances Ruffelle
Gavroche Daniel Huttlestone
Young Cosette Isabelle Allen
Young Eponine Natalya Angel Wallace
Director Tom Hooper
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Jan 2013

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