Monday, February 25, 2013

Two Line Reviews - #455

Movie: Les Misérables (2012)

Plot: In tumultuous times in France, a man sentenced for stealing a loaf of bread chooses to escape from parole and leads a better life under a new identity. When an opportunity presents itself in the form of taking care of the daughter of one of his workers, an officer from his past comes back to hunt him and after years, the stage is set for them to meet during the historical June Rebellion!

What Works?

  • 'Bravo' to the gutsy efforts of Tom Hooper and team in trying to bring a Victor Hugo story & a Schönberg Boublil musical based on the same story together and bringing together, they have done it handsomely!
  • The power-packed star caste is an added bonus - Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and others ensure that Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine etc. will stay in our minds for a long time to come!
  • The kids Cosette & Gavroche steal the limelight in their limited roles.
  • For the roles of Samantha Barks & Carter-Cohen, the tracks play a vital role in making them memorable!
  • The long shots involving crane camera movements and graphics add to the grandeur the songs like 'Look Down' provide.
Colossal & a definite Classic!

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