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Les Misérables

  • Musical
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Tom Hooper
  • 151 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period musical based on the internationally successful stage show and the novel by Victor Hugo, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. In post-revolutionary France a criminal tries to make amends for his past by raising a young girl as his own. But the policeman who first put him away is unconvinced by the transformation and is determined to expose him.

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Review

A star rating of 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 reformed thief Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman, the bona fide star of this show), who is doggedly pursued through 19th-century France by the intractable officer Javert (Russell Crowe). 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.

Credits

Cast

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Jean ValjeanHugh Jackman
FantineAnne Hathaway
Inspector JavertRussell Crowe
Madame ThénardierHelena Bonham Carter
CosetteAmanda Seyfried
Monsieur ThénardierSacha Baron Cohen
MariusEddie Redmayne
EnjolrasAaron Tveit
EponineSamantha Barks
Bishop of DigneColm Wilkinson
WhoreFrances Ruffelle
GavrocheDaniel Huttlestone
Young CosetteIsabelle Allen
Young EponineNatalya Angel Wallace

Crew

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DirectorTom Hooper

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2013-01-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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