Yes BUT….. Can Russell and Hugh ACTUALLY Sing?!
……….I’m no film critic and my blog isn’t about films – but I went to see Les Miserables in the cinema and I just want to say something about it ( regardless of how unqualified I might be to write about movies – I’m not qualified to write about books or music either but I never let that stop me – so why shouldn’t I chuck in two pence worth about a film if I feel like it!)
Before I get into the film, I want to say I read Hugo’s “Les Miserables” as a young man and I think it is a great book. I’ve been lucky enough to see the theatre musical several times – I think it’s great too – the best musical of all those I’ve seen – so from that it should be clear that I’m a fan. And before I get into the film I want to say this isn’t a review as such – just my feeling about the film. So nothing that follows is about plot or characterisation or any of the other stuff I might drone on about when I write about a book.
So, Les Miserables, the film…….where do I start? Well………………………………………………..
……………..LES MISERABLES IS MAGNIFICENT!
Hugh Jackman as Valjean is magnificent! The cinematography is magnificent! The atmosphere in the film is magnificent! Forget what you might have read about Eddie Redmayne being miscast as Marius – he isn’t – he’s bloody magnificent! Amanda Siegfried is magnificent as Cosette! The settings are magnificent! They’ve added a little to the score and to the script and as a result the score is more magnificent than usual and the script is more magnificent than usual! The kid who plays Gavroche is magnificent! Sacha Baren Cohen and Helena Bonham are amorally, madly, magnificent as the Threnardiers ( mind you those roles are so brilliant I think my partner and I could play the parts well!!!! – Altogether now – “Master of the House, Isn’t Worth Me Spit, Comforter, Philosopher And Life Long Shit!”). The student revolutionaries are magnificent! The prostitutes are magnificent! The poor of Paris are magnificent! The girl who plays Eponine is magnificent! EVEN bloody Russell Crowe is magnificent – if you’ve read some of the pompous shite written about his performance I’d recommend you ignore it ( although I’ll admit as a Gladiator fan I kind of kept expecting him to say ‘I am Maximus Aurelius, Gladiator of Rome!’ every time he appeared on screen.)
But, above all, Ann Hathaway is BEYOND MAGNIFICENT as Fantine. She’s a revelation. If you can watch her singing “I Dreamed A Dream” and not have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up and tears running down your cheeks you need to see a doctor – in fact a doctor might not be enough – if you don’t feel this you must be among the waking dead or at the very least emotionally illiterate!
I’ve never seen anything like it in the cinema – its not got long left in cinemas in the UK I’d guess – if you’ve not seen it yet do yourself a favour – go see it.
Les Miserables, the film, is WONDERFULLY, INCREDIBLY, FANTASTICALLY, TERRIFICALLY, BLOODY MAGNIFICENT!
I loved it – can you tell?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Les Miserables stars Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe, with Eddie Redmayne ( fab!), Samantha Barks (fabulously fab!) and Anne Hathaway is simply the star of the whole thing as Fantine (whatever is beyond fabulously fab, that’s what she is in this!). The film is directed by Tom Hooper.