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Finally, the long awaited musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, has successfully made in to the giant screen. Thanks to the Oscar winning director of “The King’s Speech”. Tom Hooper brought us back the dream of hope and love once again to the admiration by the brilliant performance from the outstanding casts and his truthfulness to the original screenplay. In addition, the live recording singing is certainly one of the highlights of this film.
Stage trained Hugh Jackman lead role Jean Valjean conducted most scenes with his glorious voice while the factory worker turned prostitute Fantine (Anne Hathaway) eminent performance was indeed “heart wrenching” despite only a few scenes for her appearance. We didn’t expect Russell Crowe could possibly sing but in regards to his role Inspector Javert shall be in pensive and solemn mood at all time which made his singing fit perfectly alright with the role.
To our amazement, the idealist Marius (Eddie Redmayne) & the beautiful Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) held a phenomenal supporting performance, not only their singing but the character execution enough to have your tissue paper ready for wiping your tears away. Not forgetting the remarkable performance from wicked and cheeky role played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. Yet, Eponine (Samantha Barks) who played the exact same role in the original musical and the little boy Gavroche played by Daniel Huttlestone are just impeccable.
The nearly three hours of this film is really worth spending. We anticipate for the next Oscar winning for Hooper and his team for this one of the not-to-be-missed film in 2012.
”Les Misérables” distributed by United International Pictures (UIP), is NC16 for Sexual Scene & Some Violence. Running time: 158 minutes. Releases 25 December 2012, Tuesday (Singapore).