In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. (IMDb)
So, I am absolutely in love with this. The ensemble cast really steps up and makes this the best musical movie I have seen. I also love the way in which it was filmed, with the actors singing live. It allowed the moments to be more real, instead of the actor trying to lip sync with their pre-recorded voices. Like I said, the ensemble cast was completely fantastic. Hugh Jackman was a fantastic Valjean, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne were a great couple. Plus, Redmayne’s “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” was heart-breaking. Equally as heart breaking was Samanta Barks as Eponine and Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche. I absolutely loved the two of them. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are perfectly cast as the Thenardiers. For me, my favorite performances were Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit. Anne Hathaway was amazing. Period. And Aaron Tveit took a supporting role and made it more important. His voice was perfect for the role and the ending to his storyline made me cry. As a matter of fact, I was a hot mess by the end of this movie. The “endings” were all absolutely beautiful. I only have two complaints. Firstly, Russell Crowe as Javert. Here’s the thing. He wasn’t bad. He just wasn’t as good as rest of the cast. He was very underwhelming. “Stars” is one of my favorites from the show, and it wasn’t up to par. As for Tom Hooper’s direction and cinematography, I enjoyed it 80% of the time. But about almost two hours in, I was getting a little weary of all the close-ups. My friend made a joke that if you drank every time there was a close up while singing, you would be absolutely wasted. Which is completely true. What I did enjoy was when Hooper would pull back and show the scope of everything that was going on. It was really impressive. So overall, I loved it, cried like a baby, deserves every award is receives.