Now, as a film fan, I thought Les Misérables was pretty good. However, I understand that the Les Mis fans among you will think otherwise.
I went to see this musical (can I call it a musical? doesn’t seem enough some how. How about ‘epic musical’? Yeah that’ll do). I went to see this EPIC musical in the west end a few years ago and I have to admit, I didn’t get it. Yes, the singing and acting was incredible and the set was equally as great but I felt lost and didn’t really understand what was going on. Unlike the six year old boy next to me who appeared to be having an in depth conversation with his dad about the French Revolution. Show off.
The film, however, had me hooked from the word go and I was still hooked after 2 and a half long hours. The cinematography was very well done and, although Russell Crowe‘s voice left a lot to be desired, the singing from Hollywood’s elite was surprisingly good.
Hugh Jackman‘s performance was worthy of at least one gong this year, as was Anne Hathaway‘s who I believe actually had her hair cut short in the film. Poor thing. Sacha Baron Cohen was, well, Sacha Baron Cohen. As was Helena Bonham Carter. Both solid favourites of mine though so can’t complain!
As to whether I enjoyed Les Miserables on the big screen as opposed to the stage, the answer is yes. I understood a lot more and my little knowledge of the French Revolution didn’t matter. Thankfully, I was sitting next to a snotty little brat this time. Just a lady who insisted in kicking me, meany!
Film fans- go see it! Vive la France!
Les Mis die hards- you will probably be a little underwhelmed, but find it in your hearts to be a little impressed with Hollywood’s attempt.