Les Mis, Les Magnificent!

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Monday, February 11th, 2013
Entertainment, What's On

For anyone who hasn’t seen Tom Hooper’s epic adaptation of Les Mis yet, what have you been doing? From beginning to end you cannot take your eyes off the screen in this powerful version of the West End show based on Victor Hugo’s novel, first published in 1862.

Having recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on stage in 2010 it was inevitable that a big screen version would soon be on the cards.

For many lovers of the stage show there was mixed feelings if the film would live up to the stage version: I don’t think there is anyway they could be disappointed.

The meticulous attention to detail serves the director well with everything from the set, props and costumes leaving nothing to the imagination of what revolution in France was like- minus the endless singing.

On that note each individual actors singing performance was second to none. There was literally not a bum note I could fault, a credit to the cast, particularly as each song was filmed live on set, with lip syncing being banned by the director.

The all star cast, on top of their tremendous singing, gave amazing individual and collective performances. Hugh Jackman was everything Jean Valjean should be; remorseful, likeable and loving. Russel Crowe played an amazing baddie Javert and I was extra impressed with his singing, a remarkable all rounder.

Anne Hathaway shines as Fantine, portraying her vulnerability and love for her child in a heartbreaking way that’s guaranteed to reduce anyone to tears. The young Isabelle Allen is charming as a young Cosette, whilst Amanda Seyfield depicts her older self in a beautiful and radiant way.

The gorgeous Eddie Redmayne shows off his vocal chords as Marius, Cosette’s love and we as an audience fall in love with the freckle faced man. Samantha Barks plays Eponine, a role she also played on stage in the most convincing and loving way and allows us to connect with her character on a deep level.

The young Gavroche is played by Daniel Huttlestone and provides plentiful entertainment and a lot of tears. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter provide the lighter moments in the film as the swindling innkeepers, the Thénardiers; a match made in heaven for these roles.

I would highly recommend paying the Omniplex a visit to see this cinematic masterpiece, which is up for eight Oscars, if you haven’t already. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry but you will certainly leave thoroughly entertained.

Also, there is no doubt that you will be leaving with classics such as One Day More, On my Own and Master of the House playing over and over in your head. I would hurry while Les Mis is still in cinemas, you don’t want to miss out!


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