I DREAMED A DREAM

lesmiz1LES MISERABLES (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the successful musical of the same name, Les Miz tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who reinvents himself as the mayor of a town in France. He agrees to care for Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, after a terrible incident, all the while escaping Javert, a police inspector adamant on capturing Valjean.

The first time I saw the trailer for Les Miz, I cried. Maybe it was the songs that were sung with so much melancholy. So it’s no surprise that there were tears while watching the movie. Especially when Anne Hathaway, as Fantine, sings ‘I Dreamed A Dream’. There was sadness and anger in her tone of voice and she looked so devastated. Hugh Jackman was fantastic as Jean Valjean. It’s the first time I’ve heard him sing and he sounds quite pleasant. No wonder he’s won a Tony Award!

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The other actor that I was mesmerized with was Aaron Tveit, who plays Enjolras, one of the students in the revolution fighting alongside Marius (Eddie Redmayne), the love of Cosette. Most people would probably know him as the jerk cousin of Nate, Tripp, in Gossip Girl but oh man, his voice is one of the best. He sounds the most natural among the male actors/singers and brought a lot of conviction in his voice. Amanda Seyfried sounds good but we’ve heard her in Mamma Mia! The Movie so no worries there. As for Russell Crowe, I shall let you decide for yourself.

I didn’t expect the whole movie to be just songs but since it was based on the musical, what was I expecting? Maybe a few lines of dialogue? But no, it is pure singing with probably less than ten lines of sing-spoken dialogue.

I don’t know what was the spark between Cosette and Marius (because I’m a cynic?) but I do know many of us identify with Eponine, the one pining for Marius. Is there no justice in the world of crushes?!

Watch it because it has been nominated for 8 awards at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway).

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