Les Miserables (2012 movie) review

            With “Les Miserables,” coming back to the Broadway stage in the spring, let’s look back to when the movie based on the musical came out. On Dec. 25, 2012, the movie “Les Miserables” went to theaters, and in spring 2013, it came out on DVD. This is the first of any of the movie adaptations that was based on the musical with a mixture of the book by Victor Hugo.

           The move cast includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Russell Crowe as Javert, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenadier and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. In addition, West End actress Samantha Barks reprised her role as Eponine.
            The singing for this movie was all done live, no pre-recording, which was, in my opinion, the best decision for this movie. My only problem with the movie was Crowe’s singing. Samantha Barks blew me away with her singing and acting; she really improved since portraying the role since the 25th anniversary DVD. I have to admit, I was really nervous about the choice of Seyfried as Cosette, since the character is a high soprano, but she surprised me and did a great job. In my opinion, Redmayne sounded like a younger Michael Ball (original West End Marius). Carter and Cohen could have done a better job; I had higher expectations for them.
            I agree with this reviewer for his opinion, specifically on Crowe. He did a great job summarizing the plot as well.


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