My family braved snowy roads on Christmas for the premier of Les Miserables. Ten hours later I'm still recovering and feel a little silly writing a review about it. To say it was amazing is an understatement. In fact, I went back to my review of the Hobbit from last week and demoted it.
Things I was worried about before going:
- Russel Crowe singing
- Singing for 2 hours and 39 minutes
- Feeling depressed (it is a story of "the miserable" after all)
Russel Crowe did surprising well and his rigid strong voice fit his character. The characters have very few actual speaking lines, but it didn't take long to get accustomed to the singing. Though the movie was long it was griping. Sometimes at musical plays I find myself glancing at the program and wondering when a number will end. There wasn't a single scene in the movie that dragged. The songs weren't too long and the transitions were quick.
Things that I expected to enjoy and wasn't disappointed:
- Cinematography. I love carefully executed colors and well crafted sets.
- Hugh Jackman's performance.
- A phenomenal story. Any feelings of depression were outdone by motivating themes (I won't reveal more for those who don't know the story).
You should go see it if:
- You can hack dramas. I'm not talking about Bachelorette-style drama. Real stuff. Things that are hard to watch, painful to sympathize with, and that may require a pack of tissues.
- You have a good babysitter and don't have to take the children.
- You can appreciate the art of a good musical performance.