Starring: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russel Crowe
My Rating: Two thumbs up
When I first heard that this, my most favorite beloved musical, was going to be made into a movie, I was a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous. I had pretty much zero faith that these big name stars could pull it off. Could they REALLY sing? Or would they just lip sync stuff? That would be so awful!
Then I saw the trailers and the behind the scenes videos and I became more and more impressed. I decided this was going to be a cool thing after all. I totally looked forward to seeing it... which took me a week or so because of crazy holiday stuff!
|Cosette and Marius|
But finally, see it I did and I loved it of course! They did an awesome job. It was so cool to see some of the scenes that are hard to do on stage, done in a movie setting. The opening number... wow! And the sewer scene (though it was a bit too short) and the downfall of Fontaine... and the barricade conflict. All amazing as a movie.
That being said, I still think that the play is more powerful... more emotionally powerful. Which is crazy I know, because the movie WAS emotionally powerful. But the play, much like we book lovers always say with books... is still better.
|Jean Valjean and young Cosette|
As far as how I thought these big name actors did. Hugh Jackman as fantastic. Anne Hathaway lived up to all the hype I'd seen about her I Dreamed a Dream performance. She blew it out of the water! But Russel Crowe was not my favorite Javert by any means. Something was sorely lacking. I loved the Marius dude, someone I haven't heard of before (Eddie Redmayne) and Amanda Seyfried was a pretty good Cosette also. Oh, the girl playing Eponine (Samantha Barks) .... perfect! Spot on! I thought Enjolras (Aaron Tviet) was great too, but his part is so much more powerful in person. It's so hard to explain unless you've see it live!
|Jean Valjean and Fontaine|
Bottom line: I loved it. I love the play more!
Oh, and P.S.... It was MOST awesome to see Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean, playing the bishop! Who ever had THAT idea was genius! See what they all have to say about that here: