Saturday, December 29, 2012

Les Miserables, the movie, a review

There are very few stories that successfully make the transition, impeccably, from classic novel, to stage musical, to cinematic masterpiece... or which even survive translation from one language to another, without losing something of the emotion, craftmanship or passion of the original.

Les Miserables, the movie, does just that. It is stunning, beautiful, and worthy of a standing ovation. Ann Hathaway's starved and bereft portrayal of Fantine is heartbreaking. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean is impeccable, true, and very very moving (and I just knew, just knew he could do it. Oh and by the way, he should have been cast as Reacher too, but that's another story). Samantha Barks as Eponine; perfectly portrayed.

The cinematography is so very, very brave. The poverty and lives of the characters are reflected in dark scenes and shadows, with sunlight, daylight a shocking intrusion. And the close-up, living portrait scenes of the key characters singing are so intimate and painful and beautiful and real that I cried with them all.

Ann Hathaway's "I Dreamed A Dream" is, quite simply, stunning.

I want to go and see it again, right now.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Alison. Let this be an educational resource for future generations. Take note, producers, and learn from the mistakes of Rock of Ages and the accomplishments of Les Miserables.