Excerpt: Director Tom Hooper succeeds in crafting the dark and gritty atmosphere of 19th century Paris. Perhaps a little too heavily, but it’s an immensely sharp and detailed picture nonetheless. Actor close-ups are abundant, and the blood, sweat, and tears are downright palpable.
Conclusion: Pathe's 4K restoration and reconstruction of Raymond Bernard's legendary Les Miserables represents a strong upgrade in quality over the current R1 DVD release of the film. The release is Region-Free so importing it and playing it on North American players should not be a problem.
Excerpt: Every year there are films that are just destined to try and get noticed by “The Academy.” Usually those opening on Christmas Day are surefire bets and anything released in the award season is also no doubt, trying (and going) to get noticed for the impending awards.
Excerpt: The Film Since Victor Hugo's novel first debuted in 1862, Les Misérables has been done on the stage and screen countless times. However, it's never been such a grand affair as what director Tom Hooper ( The King's Speech ) has delivered here. Hooper definitely knows how to assemble a cast.
Conclusion: 'Les Misérables' was one of my favorite films last year. I know that it received a lot of backlash as the award shows rolled around, but I found the entire movie to be an enthralling experience. It isn't without its faults though.
Conclusion: I know a lot of professional theater people, including several who did different national tours of Les Misérables (some in major roles), and their reaction has been about as disparate as the public at large.
Conclusion: Les Misérables is in many ways "The Great French Novel", and it's actually fascinating to compare different film adaptations to see which elements they choose to highlight. This version is anchored by one of the most commanding performers in French cinema, and Jean Gabin's Jean Valjean remains the...
Excerpt: Tom Hooper's take on the evergreen West End musical blockbuster Les Mis�rables tests the boundaries of how radical a film adaptation can be in approaching material that is, at least for many, very familiar.