Movie of the Week: Les Misérables

After putting it off for more than a month now, I finally got around to go to the movies to see Les Mis, directed by Tom Hooper.

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I absolutely love musicals and musical movies, so I thought this movie was perfect! I didn’t know the story and now I absolutely want to see the musical (glad it’s still in London and it will be back to Broadway next year).

Hugh Jackman just blew me away with his interpretation of Jean Valjean, who knew “Wolverine” could sing?! Apparently it was not exactly news, because he’s done it before, but still, it blew me away!

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Another person who’s interpretation left me speechless was Anne Hathaway as Fantine. I know she was highly criticized this award season for all her speeches and “false modesty”, but I think she deserved her oscar (golden globe and so on). She’s pretty terrific.

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Russell Crowe as Javert was probably the less impressive vocal interpretation on the movie. Still, I thought he was pretty good! And his suicide was one of the hardest to watch scenes of the movie…

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I’m totally crushing on Eddie Redmayne after seeing this movie! His interpretation of Marius is moving and so sad and inspiring. And what a voice! Oh man! And Amanda Seyfried as Cosette was just perfect…

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Along with this couple, comes the brilliant performance of Samantha Barks as Éponine. She’s definitely the breakout performer in this movie! She had previously played the role of Éponine in the London production of Les Mis, so she was clearly brilliant in the movie.

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were magnificent as Thénardier and Madame Thénardier. They brought a lightness and humor to an overall dark and super sad story. (Also, I think anything Helena does is brilliant)

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Worth mentioning too, is Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, the leader of the students rebellion, who is the voice of reason to Marius after he falls in love with Cosette, reminding him of what is important.

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Finally, the protagonists of some of the most emotional scenes in this movie are two children: Daniel Huttlestone as the young boy Gavroche and Isabelle Allen as a young Cosette, whose rendition of Castle on a Cloud is just impressive.

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This movie is just spectacular! The first scene of the movie, with the prisoners bringing the ship to the docks is amazing… And the fact that all the songs were sung live while shooting it is just out of this world! AMAZING!