Les Misérables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
This epic tale taken from a Victor Hugo novel has so much to offer it is hard to sum it up in a small review. Despair, action, suspense, comedy and let us not forget love. The characters are the heart of the story but the music brings them to life and gives them color. That being said...
What I didn't like:
Even knowing that the innkeeper Thénardier is supposed be creepy and disgusting does not make him any more palatable. On one hand I can understand the casting of Sacha Baron Cohen, on the other hand I found his character less funny and more distasteful than I would have liked.
What I liked:
I really liked seeing this story in a movie format. I am a big fan of the play and recommend it for anyone.
Where the play is intimate and allows for large views and constant movement, the movie allow for us to see individual characters more clearly.
Not being confined to a stage also allowed for director Tom Hooper to show more of the transitional story between large musical numbers.
If you love the play you will love this movie for different reasons. If you have never been able to see this play, I urge to see the movie. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, there is a lot this story has to offer. Give it a chance, you might find being Misérable is not so bad.
4 out of 5 Stars