Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Movie review: "Les Miserables"

I finally got a chance to watch "Les Miserables", which I have to say I've been longing to see since the first trailer came out...
Even though I was a month late in watching it, I think the movie was worth the wait although it was not *perfect*.
Let me start by saying that if you don't like musicals, don't waste your time.. there isn't ANY kind of spoken dialogue in this movie and at times the sung words are very hard to understand...which leads me to my first negative criticism...
...I think the singing is completely overdone and some of the actors (such as Russel Crowe) were terrible singers...and by that I mean really awful! Russel, please stick to acting if you can...;)
Considering I read the book more than 10 years ago, I will say that from what I remember the movie was very loyal to it and the plot was carried out almost flawlessly..
The main characters are well interpreted and the cinematography is wonderful.. I think Hugh Jackman does an awesome job as Jean Valjean and his singing voice it really good (well..it has to be considering he was a theater/musical actor before he did movies)...
The scenery is also very good and I really liked the colors in the movie.. it was very well directed as well...
I thought some of the musical numbers were too long and some even unnecessary but the songs were very engaging and fun overall...
Also, considering the movie was 2+ hours, I must admit that it was entertaining enough to keep me interested the whole time and I even shed a couple of tears at the end...
All in all, I think "Les Miserables" is a great work of art...it deserves the nominations and hype it got, but there were a few things lacking for true perfection in my book... I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.. definitely worth a trip to the movies!