Sam Clements (90 Minutes or Less Film Fest podcast) and Josh Pappenheim (Truly Happily Madison Podcast) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Sam’s choice Les Misérables.
Les Misérables is a 2012 adaptation of the 1985 West End English translation of the 1980 French musical, which is adapted from the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Directed by Tom (The Kings Speech) Hooper it features a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine (which earned her an Oscar), Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy and Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thénardiers.
Les Mis is a sung-through musical and Hooper made the interesting decision to have the actors sing live, as opposed to synching to a backing track. This may explain to some extent some of the bizarre facial expressions, and extreme emotions and really tests the singing ability of the cast.
On its release, Les Mis was a mega-hit – taking over £8 million in its opening UK weekend and it went on to win multiple nominations and wins at Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Academy Awards.
With a run time of two hours and 37 minutes, it is a LOT of singing and a LOT of clumsy and cringe-inducing camera zoom in your face. Flixwatcher and guests found it hard to recommend beyond being a fan of musicals and Les Mis scores only 2.88 overall (lower than Cats!).
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