If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve begun a personal quest to watch all of the best musicals. Some of you suggested, after seeing masterpieces like The Sound of Music and An American in Paris, that my next stop should be Les Misérables. Well, considering that the film just dropped on Netflix, I decided to give it a look and I’m glad I did.
Let me not beat around the bush, Les Misérables is a musical I will definitely not be watching again. Its songs are ultimately forgettable except a few, I found some moments almost unbearably corny, and Russel Crowe’s singing was a bit cringeworthy, but besides those few cons, the movie was beautifully directed and done.
You all said I would cry. I didn’t disappoint. I cried at least five times during the duration of the film and wept profusely at the end. Hugh Jackman did a fabulous job! (Who knew the man could sing?!) His very first few minutes struck me as he conveyed such emotion in this role. I will have to watch The Greatest Showman next and see what he did with that movie.
Secondly, I was surprised to find Eddie Redmayne so believable in this role as the lovestruck rebel (who knew he could sing either?!) I always knew the man could act, just look at the dedication he put into bringing Newt Scamander to life in the Fantastic Beasts movie. He’s pretty much the only thing that’s solid about those films. And we can’t forget how perfectly he portrayed Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything. In an alternate universe, Redmayne could’ve potentially played the role of Kylo Ren. I wonder how that would’ve turned out…
(Honestly, I’m glad Adam Driver got the role though. He is perfect!)
And shut the front door! Anne Hathaway was perfect in this movie, even if it was only for a little while. Considering that she garnered an Oscar for her role in this film I thought she was going to be in it longer than she was. Unfortunately (*sniffles*) she was gone pretty soon.
All in all, Les Misérables is a film that I’ll never forget. It’s a movie that touched me in more ways than one and it once again, like Prisoners, provided me more admiration for Hugh Jackman as an actor.
I’ll give this film 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It was good but it wasn’t great.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.