Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: Alain Boublil
Starring: Hugh Jackman
Helena Bonham Carter
Sacha Baron Cohen
Release Date: Out Now
Les Miserables, the longest running musical in the World, a show that many have dreamed would be turned into a film, many have feared it, and some still are against it. I, for one, have dreamt of this happening; but nothing in my wildest dreams could have conjured a piece of cinematic perfection as this film is.
Nine years later and we are in the middle of a revolution, as the poor people of France are trying to bring down the current king. The Thenardiers; their daughter Eponine (Barks); students Marius and Enjolras (Redmayne & Tveit); and the young dreamer Gavroche (Huttlestone) are amongst the revolution and all fight till the end for what they believe in. Marius soon falls in love with Cosette (Seyfried), and as their love blooms, Eponine watches on as the man she loves drifts further away. As the fight battles on, and friends are dying all around, Valjean must decide what is the right thing for him to do, and how to provide a better life for Cosette; to carry on running with her away from Javert, or leave her behind to live alone.
Jackman is superb as the prisoner Valjean, and he gives everything he has into this role, there is not a single emotion he doesn't pour out on the screen, and I commend him for this. For me though, the film is taken to a new stratosphere by the phenomenal Anne Hathaway, I have never seen a performance like this given by her, and when she sings 'I Dreamed a Dream' there was not a dry eye in the theatre. She only appears for about 15 minutes in the whole film, but for the 15 minutes she is on, she is the only person I was watching; her performance is one that will go down in history, and I will be very surprised if she, Jackman and the whole film don't demolish this current award season.