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Les Miserables
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Apr 16, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Tom Hooper

Actors:
Hugh Jackman
Anne Hathaway
Russell Crowe

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man being hunted for years after breaking parole, dedicates his life to caring for the daughter of a factory worker who loses everything.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As Iíve said to you schmoes many times over the years, I go into each and every film with an open mind. Iím repeating this simply because I loathe musicals. Iím not a GREASE fanóthough in retrospect, GREASE is far more watchable than this movie simply because thereís actually dialogue throughout. I couldnít get through SWEENEY TODDódespite how cool it looked. Hell, I even took my girl to a LORD OF THE RINGS musical. I mean shit, realistically if there was a musical I could get behind it would be that one, right? Wrong. We left shortly after the first act. I knew nothing about LES MISERABLES going inóI never read the book, didnít see the play, nothing. The cast seemed pretty tight, I know Hugh Jackman is a great singer, so how bad could it be? For me, agony doesnít even begin to cover it.

Iíd never watched GREASE until an anniversary edition came out years ago and I got in the mail to review for this siteóI was pretty pissed. That said, it wasnít something I enjoyed per say, but I didnít hate it either. It was watchable. LES MIS just isnít fun. Itís hard to get into, the characters are all over the place, underdeveloped and hard to empathise with. For all you fans, donít get me wrong, mine is a laymanís view of this story. Iím not simple, I got the gist of it, it just doesnít make a hell of a lot of sense and the characters just werenít memorable (Anne Hathaway has a great voice, but her character isnít around long enough to care about her fate). I love Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, but damn if the inspector isnít being a touch hard on a brother for steeling some bread.

LES MISERABLES has a cult following, and these fans love the shit out of this story. Bottom line? This movie is for them. Only them. Anyone unfamiliar with it, or unsure about a film with no spoken dialogue (that isnít singing) will cringe many times throughout. The pacing is atrocious, especially for a flick creeping up on the three hour mark. The actual songs were well done considering it was all shot liveóI heard that many people complained while watching in theaters simply because this didnít transfer well to surround sound, but the Blu-Ray version is fine in that department. Again, nothing against these types of films or the droves of people who love them. This review is strictly the opinion of a guy who doesnít fit this flickís intended audience, and should be regarded as such.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Tom Hooper rock the commentary and I have to say, Iíve never been so happy to hear words spoken rather than sang in my life. That said, itís still pretty uneventful and boring.

Les Miserables: A Revolutionary Approach: This six part documentary is the meat of these special features clocking in at just over an hour. We get a deeper look at the sets, feedback from the cast, deets on how they reconstructed Paris and many a comparison to the book and play versions. One thing I couldnít help but notice is how much of a workout Hugh Jackman and company get while tugging on that rope in the water. Damn does that not look fun.

The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugoís Les Miserables: Much like is sounds, we get a quick look and comparison to Victor Hugoís original novel and the original score. Itís a cool piece if you know nothing about it and are interested.

Previews: Thereís a few trailers, some BD-LIVE content as well as a DVD, Digtial and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film is the equivalent of watching a sharper, more visually detailed Broadway play in the comfort of your home. If that appeals to you, GAME ON BITCHES! If not, I recommend to wait to wet your curious appetite until itís on TV and doesnít cost you anything.
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1:42PM on 04/16/2013
I think it's a shame that you had to a review a genre you clearly don't like. No one else on staff that can give a blu-ray review of an excellent film the respect it deserves?
I think it's a shame that you had to a review a genre you clearly don't like. No one else on staff that can give a blu-ray review of an excellent film the respect it deserves?
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7:33PM on 04/17/2013
-sigh- Yet another movie fanboy attempting to review a genre they don't understand and have thus pre-judged. The characters of "Les Miserables" are not underdeveloped, for the most part. If this is how you felt, I'm sorry, but you probably weren't paying much attention. It's not your thing, we get it. And no, it's not a perfect movie/musical in any regard, it's just apparent you didn't quite get it. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is only in the story for a short time, yes, but her impact on the
-sigh- Yet another movie fanboy attempting to review a genre they don't understand and have thus pre-judged. The characters of "Les Miserables" are not underdeveloped, for the most part. If this is how you felt, I'm sorry, but you probably weren't paying much attention. It's not your thing, we get it. And no, it's not a perfect movie/musical in any regard, it's just apparent you didn't quite get it. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is only in the story for a short time, yes, but her impact on the story is immense (similar to the Bishop), and if you didn't really care about her...well then, I reiterate that you probably weren't really watching (her "I Dreamed A Dream" alone is heart-wrenching, not to mention her other numbers). For future reference, Joblo should really take note of which reviewers mesh with genres. Having a guy like this who clearly made up his mind about "Les Mis" before he ever watched it was a mistake. And including the disclaimer about disliking musicals a good several times doesn't help too much either.
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3:42PM on 04/16/2013

Worst 'Movie' Of All Time

As a fan of musicals, and the book, the stage play of 'Les Miserables' is my favorite Broadway-type musical of all time. I love, love this story. This movie on the other hand, is the single worst thing ever put to celluloid. When adapting a book, play, etc., you need to actual adapt it, and not give the audience the same thing or else what was the point? (Please see the 'Footloose' remake which was so beat for beat the original it simply didn't justify it's own existence). 'Les Mis' is a lot
As a fan of musicals, and the book, the stage play of 'Les Miserables' is my favorite Broadway-type musical of all time. I love, love this story. This movie on the other hand, is the single worst thing ever put to celluloid. When adapting a book, play, etc., you need to actual adapt it, and not give the audience the same thing or else what was the point? (Please see the 'Footloose' remake which was so beat for beat the original it simply didn't justify it's own existence). 'Les Mis' is a lot like that. Being nothing but close ups of the actors singing, forsaking even basic geography, with shaky cam cinematography, is a lot getting drunk and seeing the stage play; minis Russell Crowd, so that's a preferable option. It fails so spectacularly at being cinematic, it's insulting to movie lovers everywhere.
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12:31PM on 04/16/2013
I'm upset that you had to sit through this. I saw a small piece of it and ran away screaming.
I'm upset that you had to sit through this. I saw a small piece of it and ran away screaming.
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