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TELL US: What Do You Think About Les Misérables the Movie?

Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe is a musical and visual feast – but not for the whole family.

The must-see holiday movie of the year arrives Christmas Day as Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, opens nationwide.

The movie adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical features Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s innovation of actors singing live, taping their singing parts while filming rather than lip-synching and their songs being added in post-production. The result is best captured when Anne Hathaway, as the desperate single mother Fantine, sings “I Dreamed A Dream” and the audience sobs with her as she despairs over her life as a prostitute. 

Hooper honors the source material from Victor Hugo’s story while providing a visual feast, from the opening scene where you brace yourself to be splashed with water to floating upward with a torn piece of paper rising to heaven to balancing on a narrow ledge with Notre Dame.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter add comic relief as corrupt innkeepers and the cruel foster parents of Fantine's daughter, Cosette. One of their scenes will leave you roaring with laughter while vowing never to eat sausage again. 

While set in 19th century France, the movie’s themes make it feel relevant for today. Take your teens, but not your kids under age 13. In addition to the movie’s violence, watching Fantine’s descent into hell as she sells her hair, teeth, then finally herself away will break your heart and leave a child with nightmares—Les Misérables indeed.  

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TELL US: Is Les Miserables the must see holiday movie for you this year and if not, what are you looking forward to seeing more?

Janet Texas December 25, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Going to see it this afternoon - I'll let you know! I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised, because from what I've heard, unless you are a "Les Mis the play" groupie it's disappointing.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM
It must be a very slow news day in Rohnert Park and Cotati!
Janet Texas December 26, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I thought it would never end.
Igor December 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Well I consider myself a groupie. It was the very first Broadway play I ever attended, and I went out blown away.....I thought the movie adaptation was good, not great. There is something about having a live orchestra right in front of you. But, I felt the Broadway play moved along quite quickly and difficult to follow. The movie has slowed it down and easier to follow every little interaction. I will buy it on DVD, play it at home on my big screen...and sing along.
Walter McClellan January 02, 2013 at 07:51 PM
It was fabulous! I didn't see the Broadway stage version, but would enjoy seeing the film all over again. Great production values, outstanding cast, wonderful costumes and photography! Best movie of 2012.

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