Les Miserables Movie Review: Hugh Jackman Mesmerizes, Anne Hathaway Moves Us
Us Rating: ****
Get ready to weep!
Unless you count the black-and-white title card, there's nothing -- nothing -- understated about this adaptation of the beloved musical. Which is precisely what makes it such a glorious marvel. We're talking wall-to-wall operatic numbers and the ultimate five-hankie redemption tale.
Most scintillating of all, some supremely talented stars sing their bloody hearts out. Hugh Jackman mesmerizes as Jean Valjean, an ex-prisoner who breaks parole in 1815 France, then gets hunted for the next 17 years by his prison guard, Javert (Russell Crowe).
Along the way, Valjean encounters ailing factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway) and decides to raise her daughter (Amanda Seyfried in adulthood). The actors eschew the lip-synching and go live (often in extreme close-up), which heightens the drama: During a confrontation between Valjean and Javert, the baritone Crowe sings with such anger, the spittle ricochets onto Jackman's face.
Newcomer Samantha Barks, as heartsick Eponine, openly weeps during "On My Own." And, in limited screen time, a broken-down Hathaway leaves an indelible impression, crushing "I Dreamed a Dream."
Stop cringing, musical haters!
A film that oozes this kind of passion only works at full tilt. So embrace it and, yes, hear the people sing.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Les Miserables Movie Review: Hugh Jackman Mesmerizes, Anne Hathaway Moves Us
Cute Fam Moments!
Check out Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s cutest family moments on Instagram on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Naomi Watts dishes on the secret to staying in touch with her inner child and more with Wonderwall.Watch Video »
Mandy Moore does cryo therapy, plus more stars' bizarre health and beauty practices on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
OMG Celeb Fashion
Check out Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, and Miley Cyrus' style statements on this week's OMG Celeb Fashion.Watch Video »
Ashton in Trouble
Is Ashton Kutcher going to be in more trouble with Demi Moore amid cheating rumors?Watch Video »
From Jennifer Lopez to Reese Witherspoon, check out these priceless red carpet throwback pictures!Watch Video »
Like us on Facebook?
UP NEXTWeek in Photos
From Crowd Ignite