Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Running Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
Since the very first time I saw Les Miserables on stage I have been a massive fan. So I have to admit I was a little unsure if the big screen version could possibly live up to what I witnessed at the theatre all those years ago.
I need not have worried this does it justice, directed by Tom Hooper and with a star studded cast including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helen Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen it tells the story in a easy to follow manner of Jean Valjean (Jackman) and his journey through love, politics and morality in 19th century France.
Full of catchy songs that have you humming them long after the credits roll I loved this film. I especially liked a little fall of rain, bring him home, the haunting empty chairs at empty tables and the extremely funny master of the house (sung by Baron Cohen and Bonham Carter).
I would say that at 157 minutes long if you are not a fan of musicals then this is probably not for you. Having said that I found the time passed so quickly because I was enthralled in the storyline.
The barricade battle was outstanding and the closing scenes had me in floods of tears. An epic production. The design and costumes are impeccable.
Go and see it, I can't recommend it highly enough. One more thing … take plenty of tissues, you’re going to need them.
Now showing in cinemas nationwide.