Les Misérables

  • 12
  • Tom Hooper (2012)
  • UK
  • 151 min
Les Misérables
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Tom Hooper

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Some violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jan 2013
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Music
Drama

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