Les Misérables – 2012

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Genre:  Drama | Musical | Romance

Cast : Hugh JackmanRussell Crowe and Anne Hathaway

Its Tom Hooper’s next after The King’s Speech , Les Misérables Nominated for 8 Oscars ,with a run time of almost 2.5 hrs , leaves you with mixed feelings and the reactions may vary from  sweet tender haunting love to the best soul torture ever. If you are not that kind of person who can digest Musicals, stay out of it.

Story: based on a novel by Victor Hugo and musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg , the story follows life of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) a convict on parole, who after breaking it is being hunted by Javert (Russell Crowe). His journey while hiding his true identity takes major changes and en route you meet many characters with emotions so deep that it leaves the audience with a heart full of love and pain. Set in 18th century France, this drama unfolds a magical journey of man and his fight with the values of life, love, pain, revolution  the good, the bad and the ugly.

Why watch ?

Every scene is a painter’s imagination, with visually stunning screen and melodious singing the film is absolute delight. Watch it for Anne Hathaway’s most promising performance (Oscar’s assured) and Hugh Jackman for everything he has done in the movie. Watch it for the beautiful portrayal of emotions of love, pain, revolution and grief of dead.

Caution, it is not for general audience. You must have little knowledge about history and French revolution to truly understand and appreciate the movie. Also this is not a like a “movie”, movie! But a 2.5 hrs of we-sing-all-the-time drama (if you get what I mean)

Afterthought: the movie gets slightly boring due to length perhaps. There are moments where you want dialogues instead of another song (but it’s a musical so want all you can, you aren’t going to get any). By the end you may get sick of too much singing and perhaps start talking like the characters, in your real life.

Quotes:

“If god was above, he would want me to die”

“To love another person is to see the face of God. “

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