Les Miserables: Reviewed

Where Les Miserable undoubtedly succeeds is in its story and performances. There is a timeless quality about the tale of grace triumphing over law, of mercy and sacrifice making a way for redemption…
While the much-publicised live singing of the cast is uniformly impressive, the stand-out performance, tragically short though it is, belongs to Hathaway as Fantine, the factory worker turned prostitute, her face and body in anguish, heartbreaking as she sings the iconic “I dreamed a dream”.
Sadly, the continuous rolling out of new story strands and characters, impending and ultimately underwhelming revolution, and less memorable songs, fail to reach the dramatic heights of earlier scenes. The film feels rather too much like Hooper simply took a camera along to a stage production and pressed record.
Ali Bianchi

In it
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Behind it
Tom Hooper


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