Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe.
Adapted from the musical of the same title, Les Misérables is a spectacular cinematic exploration from Tom Hooper, the director of The King’s Speech. The emotionally charged film, set in 19th-century Paris, tells a tale of broken dreams and unrelenting human spirit. With an all-star cast separated over three time frames, it follows ex-convict Jean Valjean (Jackman), as he tries to escape his past and the ruthless Inspector Javert (Crowe).
Those who love the musical will not be disappointed by the vocal performances of the film. Anne Hathaway stirs up a spine-tingling performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, while Eddie Redmayne moves audiences with his rendition of ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’. Another striking performance is Samantha Barks’ ‘On My Own’; the musical star reprises her stage role as Éponine in this, her film debut, stunning audiences with her brilliant vocals. Despite this, it is Jackman who steals the show with his
performances throughout the film, particularly in the much-adored ‘Bring Him Home’.
Overall, the film gives striking cinematography to a tragic tale of love and death that is guaranteed to cause a tear or two. Les Misérables is a must-see film that will have you lost in its heart-rending story and leave you subconsciously singing its powerful songs for days.