Manuel Betancourt

Les Miserables, or How no, I don’t even want to hear the people sing

February 20, 2013 · in Film, Oscars

Les Miserables
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by:
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham-Carter & Samantha Barks.

Oscar Nominations: 8
Best Original Song (“Suddenly”), Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Make-Up & Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) & Best Picture.

I have already aired some of my larger problems¬†with the film and thus won’t rehearse those here. Instead I’ll just say that, as directed by Hooper, Les Mis attempts to zero in on the emotional intimacy of the piece at the expense of the very epic nature of its source material. Uneven in its casting (for every Anne Hathaway nailing an iconic “I Dreamed a Dream” there is a Russell Crowe mostly underwhelming in a dull “Stars”) and incapable of letting the material (or its actors) breathe, the film suffocates its strongest moments in an otherwise overblown production. C-