The story behind the classic, Les Misérables is nothing new. Most of us are familiar with the story. We have either read the book, seen the musical, or simply been given a general rundown of the tale throughout the years. Our general fascination with Les Miz is what has made the hype behind the December 25 release of the film larger than life. Will Hugh Jackman live-up to his legacy as a quadruple-threat and nail the starring role? Will Anne Hathaway's heavily publicized sacrifice of chopping her locks be worthwhile? And, how will movie-goers respond to a film with a script that is sung from start to finish (seriously, there are maybe 20 lines spoken and the rest are chanted in a melody). These are all questions cinephiles were anxious to have answered and had studio executives sweating out their collars.
All in all, Les Misérables may have had a few hiccups, but nothing capable of drowning out everything that went well with the film. Although there are quite a few colourful characters to keep up with, the story is rather simple. Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables is a story that reminds us of the most basic components of humanity: strength, love, compassion, perseverance, family and survival.
|Samantha Barks as Eponine|
Similar to any large film, Les Misérables has not escaped criticism. Many have been critical of the decision to cast actors who may not necessarily be the most talented singers. These comments are understood when the relentless Javert, played by Russell Crowe, is on screen. I may have caught myself wincing and shifting in my seat when Crowe belted out his lyrics. But, for the most part the less-than-stellar vocals were sparse, and forgivable once it was clear that the meat of the characters is carried out through great acting.
Don't miss, Les Miz.