First off, don’t be mad about the rating, I know it’s super low and most likely will anger many Hathaway fans, Jackman fans and Hooper fans as well, but I just couldn’t rate it higher than this. Reasons are quite simple, first off, I myself am not a fan of musicals, I would’ve avoided Les Misérables completely if I hadn’t promised to see all the Best Picture nominations. Second reason being the fact that this movie happened to be in a situation of comparison, and currently the lowest score I’ve given was one point higher than RAW. Therefore, taking into account MY personal preferences and MY experience with the previous nominations, Les Miséreables failed to impress.
Now that I’ve gotten past the very difficult introduction, one that I was honestly frustrated to write, I’m gonna try to explain my take on Les Misérables. As far as preferences go, like I said, I’m not a musical kind of girl and that is why it took me so long to even get motivated enough for me to see it. As I predicted, which I think also influenced my opinion in a long run, I did not get invested in the story enough for it to have an emotional impact. Which is funny, because there were couple of songs that could’ve gotten a tear or two out of me but like I said, I was distancing myself from it since the beginning. Therefore, this review is less about the movie and more about my own child like rant because I honestly can’t say specifically that Les Misérables is bad – I can just state, which I have been doing now for almost two paragraphs, that the movie was bad for me.
There have been a lot of reviews on this movie already and they have been the only ones I’ve been reading, as I’m usually staying away from reading about movies I haven’t seen. Because of my previous knowledge, and now having my own opinions on the matter, I can agree on couple of things that have been going around. For instance, Russell Crowe’s singing which compared to the rest of the cast was definitely a week point. I even felt as if he was simply musically presenting a poem at times and it was rather comical, though I assume it was supposed to be menacing. Another is the praise towards Anne Hathaway, for her (very) small role together with the famous song “I Dreamed a Dream” – the girl was good, I mean, she can sing, no doubt about it and if we’re gonna leave the ugly crying/singing aside, the role stood out.
Visually I would say the whole production was brilliant, I have nothing bad to say about the way it looked but it just bothered me how the whole plot came together. And I know it’s not the movie, it’s the genre that uses these short clips and then suddenly they are running to a new story line, just, a minute here and then a minute there, all accompanied by singing. For me, musicals belong in the theater, I have nothing against watching a musical on the stage it’s the movie versions that seem to leave me less impressed. Though, I was fairly entertained when Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen were on the screen. They were just, having fun with it but it was because their characters had so many entertainment style elements. I especially enjoyed seeing them all dressed up in the end, sneaking into the party – I mean, they were the highlight for me.
Still, highlights aside, Les Misérables ended in the bottom of the chain in terms of other Best Picture nominations I have seen which means I was almost forced to give it such a low rating. I mean, it terms of movie quality, it is definitely higher than my rating, in terms of acting, it is definitely higher than my rating but in terms of actually liking the movie, personally, it is what it is. So, keep your torches and your harsh words, I’m not saying Les Misérables is bad, I just didn’t like it. (Which is well reflected in my inability to write a longer review about it).