Movie review: 'Les Misérables' soars as big-screen musical

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    MSW Professor LCSW Provo, too bad you didn't enjoy this. I've seen much worse dress and sexual inuendo in the scenes you described in PG rated movies. Apparently you went expecting the Broadway play in the same format.

    Frankly I was happy that they changed up some of the songs and scenes. It made the flow much better and less dwelling on some scenes.

    I would give this movie a solid 5 out of 4 stars. I did like Lincoln slightly better. Day-Lweis and Jackman will be neck in neck for the Oscar.

  • MSW Professor LCSW Provo Provo, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Shocked--brought our entire family to Les Mis tonight having seen it in 5 countries 15 times (the broadway musical version--including Paris). It's rated PG 13 but should have been R rated. NOT APPROPRIATE for young and old viewers (ME). Hollywood took sexual liberties the broadway stage never could and wouldn't (though I hear the Salt Lake stage tried--didn't see it there).

    The last two thirds (after Master of the House scene was over) was amazing! Almost missed it as we were about to leave disgusted--maybe should have in retrospect--we were just so shocked at the inappropriateness and were'nt sure what to do--poor excuse I know!

    IF you go--go LATE!!!!! (Word to the wise).

    We love the music and the story--which is why we bought tickets weeks ago hoping for a great Christmas day experience--Disappointed! Should have known Hollywood would ruin it!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Looking forward to seeing it tomorrow. Review to come.

  • Sirianna Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    I was able to see a prescreening as well. I thought the opening sequence was fantastic. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway did a fine job. Russell Crowe was definitely miscast. He needed to be able to match Hugh Jackman and could not. If it was not a musical perhaps he could have, but he did not have the strength or power musically and since his portrayal was almost entirely rapped up in a musical delivery, it didn't happen. However, I felt that the weakest link was Amanda Seyfried as Cosette. Her voice actually distracted me and I could not buy the love triangle with she, Marius and Eponine. So, for me it was average. Yes, quite impressive visually, but lacking enough in some characters to leave me disappointed. I did enjoy seeing Colk Wilkinson and I loved the end part with Anne and Hugh. Just wish for that same emotion to be consistent throughout with all the characters.

  • RN4moms Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    I was privileged to be in attendance at the L.H. Miller V.I.P Theater for a pre-release showing. I am a Les Miserables diehard. If anyone could be disappointed at Hollywood destroying a wonderful story it would be me. But, it was incredible! As for Russell Crowe - he was just OK, but Javert is such a key role, it should have been great. Not just his singing which was OK because "real" voice fits so well in this show, but he also missed the mark when it comes to portraying passion. Yes, jfarker, it is partly by comparison to so much greatness. Still the story is magnificent and prevails over any flaw. Every person who fits in the category of 13+ rating should see it (younger wouldn't get it). Scratch that - they MUST attend. The very important themes of sacrifice, courage, love, passion, pain, right vs wrong, spirituality... I could go on and on.... make this critical. I am 61 years old and I can honestly say this is the best film I have ever seen. The values taught here, if embraced, could save our country from the inevitable decline we are seeing now. Bravo!!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    This is a great story and no matter in the old movie, the Broadway musical or now with this rendition, it appears to be a continuation of History in a format that many will attend, if they don't read the book.

    I read the book in high school and is a good motivator for wanting to keep our freedoms that we have enjoyed for 200 years +. The French were great to help us in our war of independence.

    However, many in our generation don't realize how significant it was to gain our freedom from England and be a light to the world. The English still tried to get back at our new country in the War of 1812. We have had wars with Mexico, Spain, and various other conflicts besides WWI and WWII.

    Hopefully, this movie's timing will be provident for understanding that guns were an important part for the citizens in France to keep them at par with the French army. Guns were important otherwise the 2nd Amendment would not have been proposed and passed by the citizens and legislative process as that is not easy, even among 13 states.

    History is past so we can have a future.

  • jfarker Temecula, CA
    Dec. 21, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    What I still don't know is this: Did Russell Crowe sing poorly, was his acting bad, or was he just average as compared to the others who were amazing?

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    So, what did you think of Russell Crowe. I couldn't quite tell from the review.