In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
Where do you begin with a movie that has touched you on so many levels you didn’t even knew it was possible?
With 8 Oscar® nominations firmly behind it’s name and amazing performances from the entire cast, the 2012 rendition of this well known tale is truely something to behold.
Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first: it’s a musical. Many will already crucify it for being one, not even giving it a chance to see how they feel about it. And what a crying shame it is.
Les Miserables’ tale is ofcourse public knowledge by now: Valjean (Hugh Jackman in one of his best roles to date) is tormented by Javert (Russell Crowe) and by fate comes across Fantine (Anne Hathaway in another amazing performance). He decides to take care of her daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and from there on out we witness the events unfolding on our screen.
And that sentence sums it all up, it really does unfold like a flower. A beautiful flower.
With performances from Sacha Baron Cohen (yes, Ali G) and Helena Bonham Carter (that girl from every Tim Burton movie you’ve seen) who are all worthy of recognition, Les Mis (as it’s lovingly called amongst fans) is definitely one of those ‘Oscar® season’ movies that is worthy of all the buzz.
I know there is a tendency to give movies which feature either actors losing/gaining weight or people singing, a whole lot of undeserved praise (‘Chicago’ anyone?) but in this case it’s different.
One of the absolute standout moments (and there are quite a few) features Anne Hathaway in a ‘performance’, and that really is what this sentence was invented for in the first place, that makes you wonder about how amazingly powerful cinema can be.
The fact that the story is as strong as ten horses doesn’t hurt either.
There’s no need to keep going on about this, this is a definite must see.It’s what movies were invented for, it makes you think, it makes you laugh, cry and by the end of it all love what it has told you, movies like these don’t come by a lot, but when they do we need to cherish them.