Review of Les Miserables (2012)
Being a musical lover, I have to watch Les Miserables which is a huge musical in Broadway. Set in 19th century France, Les Miserables, follows ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman) as he’s hunted for decades by relentless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. Concealing his identity, Valjean ends up caring for young Cossette, the daughter of factory worker Fantine (Hathaway), a move that changes their lives forever.
Jackman’s singing is good and his acting is powerful, and I enjoyed his performance. I love Hathaway’s performance and her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is the most provoking scene in the show. I almost stop breathing just listening and watching her sing it. As per many critics, I agree that Crowe’s singing is disappointing. His role is a strong fighting policeman who is determined in his pursue of Jean Valjean but his singing was monotonous and weak.
For first time musical goer, many may be amused that they sing every sentence to express their feelings and unlike Mama Mia, it may seem a little excessive. I heard many people chuckling at the start of the movie when the singing kept going non stop.
A movie can never replace theatre, I love the transformation of scenes in theatre, the life singing and presence. Now I’m looking forward to watch Les Miserables in theatre!