Summary: I like musicals. But not this one. It is bad. The singing is off key, the story is slow, the acting is ok but overly dramatic, and Anne Hathaway is unbearable. I would skip this musical if you can. I don't quite see the popularity with this one. Skip it.
Excerpt: I really didn't like this film much at all, honestly. The film is much too Broadway and not enough like a movie musical. I hated Tom Hooper's direction, and while I respect the ambition, I would have preferred to see the musical version of this story told in a much different way. There is NO dialogue in film, almost none at all; every conversation and thought was sung, as it would have been on stage...that it the major reason why Les Miserables didn't work for me.
Excerpt: After breaking his parole, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) becomes a father to a factory worker's daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). He cares for her as he promised to her mother, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), and at the same time hides from Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). *** I love musicals, that is why when this movie was released, I immediately went to a movie house to watch.
Excerpt: Okay.. So I had mixed feelings going into this movie... The version with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush is one of my all-time fave movies.. I watch it every time it comes on.. So I was very leery of watching the musical version.. Because my idea of a good musical is Grease and Rocky Horror Picture Show... And even the recent Rock of Ages was entertaining... But I am a huge Russell Crowe fan and have gotten to like most movies that Hugh Jackman has starred in....
Summary: looks good. and has some truely great performances from most of the cast , but the singing throughout the whole film really let it down. unless you know the story its hard to work out whats being said when they are singing everything t mainly the same tune.. The best and most well known songs when they come are truely brilliant but its hard work watching throughout some of the film.