1. Short review:
2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: Anne Hathaway's stunning performance of "I Dreamed a Dream." Others have sung it better, but no one has performed it better.
2.2. What I did not like: Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe trying to sing.
2.3. Who I think is the audience: Everyone.
2.4. Is the movie appropriate for children to see? Yes. There is death, filth, cruelty, violence, and suicide but no on-screen sex.
2.5. On the basis of viewing this movie, will I pay to see the sequel? I cannot imagine a sequel to Les Miserables.
2.6. Rating and the plot in a nutshell:
2.6.1. How I rate movies:
-- I want my money back.
-- Worth a rental, not more.
-- Worth first-run theater price once.
-- I will pay first-run theater price to see it again. <-- Les Miserables
Running time: 158 minutes.
2.6.2. The plot in a nutshell:
The earliest we could get tickets was the day after Christmas. The theater sold us advance tickets for a matinee show on the 26th. As it happened, I caught the 1998 version starring Liam Neeson on cable Christmas night. There are major differences between that version and this, but I knew the plot going into the theater. Thus, it was easy for me to follow the action, and I could enjoy the music.2.7. Other:
Les Miserables is an opera. It is billed as a musical because Americans consider opera high-brow entertainment and avoid it, but they will pay to see a musical.
I gave a link to the plot of the novel above (and here again) and here is the plot of the new movie. I have nothing to add.
Anne Hathaway's portrayal of Fantine is outstanding. Others have sung "I Dreamed a Dream" better -- including Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent -- but no one has performed it better. If this performance does not win Anne Hathaway an Oscar, TANJ.
Universal gives a taste of the audio in this trailer:
As strong as the audio is, with the video it is stronger.
A couple of notes:
Anne Hathaway campaigned for the role of Fantine. Skinny to start with, she lost 25 pounds to better project herself into the role of Fantine.
The sequence in which she sings "I Dreamed a Dream" was shot in one take.
Rotten Tomatoes review