Les Miserables

Les Miserables

3.7 159 Ratings

Directed by : Tom Hooper

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  • Critics Rating 2.9/5
  • MJ Rating 3.3/5
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Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misrables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemptiona timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he...more

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“Though visually stunning with incredible performances, Les Miserables can be exasperating due it being overlong with too many songs. It is strictly for fans of the musical genre.”

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If you don't like musicals there is nothing for you in Les Miserables. And, if you like musicals this film will put you away from one for a long long time.

Based on the musical of the same name Les Miserables is about Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and his journey from being a slave who jumps parole and while on the run is touched by an act of kindness by a priest. He then becomes a mayor but fate has more miserable lessons in store for him. There comes a moment in which he could have helped one of his workers Fantine (Anne Hathway) but he does not do that. That one moment yet again changes his life and sets him on a course of life in search of redemption.

Though the film is beautifully staged with every department giving their best to the film it suffers from an overdose of songs. Instead of coming in breaks the film is a series of songs continuously strung together with no breathing space for dialogues or a moment to pause to dwell on the emotional drama. After a point it looked like a parody. The audience were tired of being patient and were laughing till the end.

This is an ambitious film for director Tom Hooper but sadly the music and singing didn't make me feel anything for the characters. The immense hardwork and singing by the cast also failed to move me. At 2 hrs 40 mins it tests you patience and eardrums.

Final few words - “To love another person is to see the face of God” . This line was my only take away from this miserable musical.

Rating - 2.5 ( Average)

Ticket Meter - not worth it