After spending 19 years in prison for stealing bread, Jean Valjean begins a new life under a new identity. Life is good until an Inspector who knew him as a prisoner comes to Valjean’s new home. Valjean then embarks on a journey as he cares for a woman’s daughter and raises her as his own.
Hugh Jackman blew me away as Jean Valjean. I mean he would be a shoo-in for the award if Daniel Day-Lewis hadn’t been Lincoln. His nomination makes the Award ceremony special actually interesting this year. Another actress that blew me away was Samantha Barks. I’ve never heard or seen her before and I thought her singing and acting was very good. I thought Anne Hathaway was pretty good too, I think she might have shown the most emotion in the movie, which made some of her songs sound bad, but the emotion adds to the movie. The music reminded me a lot of rock’n'roll, not the sound, but the imperfection that leads to perfection. I think Russell Crowe did a great job as the antagonist.
The film’s overall look was pretty fantastic. It looked and felt real because it was dark and run-down in many places. There were some shots that looked and felt like they were shot on green-screen, but that’s fine. The story was interesting, but very long.
Russell Crowe was great acting-wise but if you’re watching this for the music, then you’re going to be disappointed with him. He was clearly not born to sing, or at least sing in this movie. I didn’t mind it too much though, as I felt that he brought the emotion to the role, which is more important. The movie is long and boring at many point. I couldn’t stop yawning at some scenes and I nearly fell asleep one, and I’m the kind of person who can’t sleep during the day.
As far as directing goes, Tom Hooper’s shots are often too close up. It also felt like everything was being shot at an angle, or someone couldn’t keep the camera straight. I didn’t like that.
Fun Fact: Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway have performed songs with Hugh Jackman at the Academy Awards, though not all together.
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