REEL DEAL: Les Misérables REVIEW

The long wait (here in the Philippines) is over with the new year bringing the Christmas movies into the screens and one of the most anticipated is the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe best film winner in the Comedy/Musical category, Les Misérables.

It would actually be my first time to see the critically acclaimed musical made by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Took place in the era of the French Revolution talks about the struggles and tribulations of characters Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), Fantine (Anne Hathaway), Cosette (Amanda Syfried), and Javert (Russel Crowe). Many of them have backgrounds in theater and musicals which is suprizing to some fans as they sang and performed well. 

The story was indeed a tearjerker with the intensity of the scenes made more dramatic with the musical delivery. since the movie is adapted from the musical, it did complete the experience with a unique set of cast, great set deign and soothing music quality that brought to life the well loved musical. 

Great performances and our top picks for best performance would be for Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks. For new and avid Les Miserables fans, the movie indeed gave a intensive view of the lives of the characters something like a close up view which makes each scene more touching to the audience. 


Les Misérables also stars Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, and  Samantha Barks as Éponine.

Les Misérables is presented and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation and Paramount Pictures. Opens January 16, 2013 in Theaters nationwide.

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 lines: Sing, Love, Cry
Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (So far had great graphics and cinematography compared to other musicals)
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (With Les Miserables known to many, but when seen the first time is something golden)
Acting and Actors: 4 out of 5 stars  (Effective in delivery of musical pieces, made the drama into a more intense one) 
Music and Soundtracks:  5 out for 5 stars (Indeed a great adaptation from the renowned musical)
DVD Worthiness: YAY! (hope it includes the 25th anniversary DVD of Les Misérables)
Pros:  Music, Songs, Plot, Characters, Set Design, Cinematography
Cons:  the absence of tissues  
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (Moving, powerful, and emotional musical that can be considered the best musical movie of the 21st century)


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