'Les Miz': To the ramparts and beyond

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 12:19 PM

REVIEW: A dream cast delivers a knockout movie version of the musical based on Victor Hugo's passion-filled epic novel, "Les Miserables."

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eurotravelerDec. 24, 1211:00 AM

Now if only it didn't have the music - hearing the soundtrack from Le Miz makes me want to drive nails into my eardrums to stop the pain.

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ScottSimonDec. 26, 12 3:23 PM

I've got to say I disagree with some of Mr. Covert's comments. There are SOME spectacular things about the movie and mostly they are the female leads and chorus members and also the large outdoor and sound-stage shots that can't be recreated on a small theatre set. But the male voices --especially Russell Crowe's-- leave lots to be desired. You need a strong baritone lead to sing the Javert part convincingly and Crowe just doesn't deliver. Jackman does a better job at trying to convince us of his portrayal of Jean Valjean. But more annoying is the Director's constance use of close-ups to show intimacy and conviction. It gets very annoying quickly. Director Hooper proves he has no ideas what to do with this property. Even the exterior "climax" shots are limited to helicopter fly-aways. No imagination. Why are we surprised that the people who look the best in this film are those who spent time playing characters in the stage versions? 2 and 1/2 stars at most but we won't be needing to host a fundraiser for Cameron MacIntosh.

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tuner38Dec. 26, 12 9:49 PM

I watched this magnificent performance in a packed theater where the audience sat continuously mesmerized. The acting was passionate, the story perfectly integrated and the result was a triumph. Certainly challenges "The Sound of Music' and "My Fair Lady" for best musical production.

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ScottSimonDec. 26, 1210:17 PM

tuner38, yes but it is no Moulin Rouge or even Chicago. And this is the Director's fault. It may well be nominated for Best Picture, but he will not get nominated for Best Director. Mark my prediction. Review in Pioneer Press is spot on.

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rms316Dec. 28, 12 8:46 AM

This movie provided a first for both my wife and I. We watched the 1st 45 minutes, left, got dinner and a beer, then returned for the last 25 minutes and didn't miss a thing. I bet the Broadway Play was probably much better but I didn't care for this movie at all. Especially listening to Russell Crow and others singing.

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