The must-see holiday movie of the year arrived Christmas Day as
Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, opened nationwide.
The movie adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical features Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s innovation of actors singing live, taping their singing parts while filming rather than lip-synching and their songs being added in post-production. The result is best captured when Anne Hathaway, as the desperate single mother Fantine, sings “I Dreamed A Dream” and the audience sobs with her as she despairs over her life as a prostitute.
Hooper honors the source material from Victor Hugo’s story while providing a visual feast, from the opening scene where you brace yourself to be splashed with water to floating upward with a torn piece of paper rising to heaven to balancing on a narrow ledge with Notre Dame.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter add comic relief as corrupt innkeepers and the cruel foster parents of Fantine's daughter Cosette. One of their scenes will leave you roaring with laughter while vowing never to eat sausage again.
While set in 19th century France, the movie’s themes make it feel relevant for today. Take your teens, but not your kids under age 13. In addition to the movie’s violence, watching Fantine’s descent into hell as she sells her hair, teeth, then eventually herself will break your heart and leave a child with nightmares—Les Misérables indeed.
For local showtimes, at the Regal Cinemas 18 in New Roc City, and to purchase tickets, click here.
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