Never thought that a tear would rolled-out into our cheek for Les Misérables.

Never thought that a tear would rolled-out into our cheek for Les Misérables

 

Never thought that a tear would rolled-out into our cheek for Les Misérables.
Never thought that a tear would rolled-out into our cheek for Les Misérables.

At last, we have seen the highly-anticipated movie from last year, a gigantic 2012 British musical drama film production based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.

Netizens has been praising (and criticizing) the film, from its ensembles of actors up to its musical repertoire, some would have been rushing to the record stores to buy the Les Misérables Original Soundtrack – and we found out the answers to our questions.

Never thought that a tear would rolled-out into our cheek for Les Misérables, but it did. The 2012 movie film adaptation is one for the books and we are greatly honored to see this film starring with great actors led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. It’s perfectly a movie masterpiece. The last time we remember watching a movie musical was Annie in 1982. This time, without any single dull moment, Les Misérables offers another alternative from its West End and Broadway productions and the singing part of these award-winning actors sans professional training that cast some doubts into critics minds, were all plausible. The film’s vocals were recorded live on set using live piano accompaniments played through earpieces as a guide. Hugh Jackman stated that filming in this way allows him more creative freedom with the material and that he “only has to worry about acting it.”

Ratings: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars

Visually appealing and romantically-touching drama
Les Misérables is our first choice for visually appealing and romantically-touching drama, second is Life of Pi which we watched earlier ahead of the blockbuster Tom Hooper film.

Characters
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a convict, parolee, monsieur, mayor, and ‘Papa’ to Cosette is a significant character in this heartwarming novel and film adaptation. He is instrumental in keeping Fantine out of prostitution (though he was also likely the one responsible for her dragging into that flesh trade) and adoptive father to Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. Valjean, also known to Javert as 24601, the police inspector who vowed to capture and bring back the once convicted Valjean to imprisonment, made the inspector’s life miserable which led the lawman to his successful suicide. Jean Valjean was also responsible in saving Marius’ life, who eventually married Cosette. Jackman’s effort in singing is an achievement for the actor, same goes to all the actors where we would have taken a little notice on their acting because we were concentrated on them delivering the songs on their own renditions.

Photo release of Jean Valjean carrying little Cosette after buying her out from the Thénardiers as his promise to the deceased Fantine, the child's mother.
Photo release of Jean Valjean carrying little Cosette after buying her out from the Thénardiers as his promise to the deceased Fantine, the child’s mother.

Russell Crowe as Javert, the man responsible for 24601’s parole, gave Jean Valjean a chance to rediscover his own-self and to redeem what was lost from his nineteen years of imprisonment. We can say that Javert is the character in the novel that we learnt to love to hate. Crowe must have proven himself wrong when he first objected for the character of Javert and almost did not play that part. While critics would say that Crowe’s singing were horrible, we looked the other way around.
Photo release of Javert seeking apologies to Valjean for mistaking him as the convict he once knew as 24601.
Photo release of Javert seeking apologies to Valjean for mistaking him as the convict he once knew as 24601.

When Fantine died in the arms of Jean Valjean, we wonder, how did Anne Hathaway pull it off winning Best Supporting Actress in Musical or Comedy? Of course we were already satisfied with Anne’s performance and it was a brave act for her to concede to cutting her hair short in one of the crucial moment in Fantine’s life. Anne was remarkable as she sings “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Come to Me (Fantine’s Death)” that we felt short of the moment that we would never see her appear on the big screen again. But right just about the movie is about to end, Anne came back as the spirit of Fantine who led the already dead Valjean to his ‘blessed world.’ It is a touching scene, whereas Fantine, Jean Valjean, Cosette, and Marius sings “Valjean’s Death” and all appeared simultaneously besides the dying man who ‘saved’ both Cosette and Marius lives.
Screencapped from Les Misérables trailer: For the role, Anne Hathaway allowed her hair to be cut short into a pixie cut on camera for a scene in which her character sells her hair, stating that the lengths she goes to for her roles "don't feel like sacrifices. Getting to transform is one of the best parts of [acting]." The role also required her to lose 25 pounds.
Screencapped from Les Misérables trailer: For the role, Anne Hathaway allowed her hair to be cut short into a pixie cut on camera for a scene in which her character sells her hair, stating that the lengths she goes to for her roles “don’t feel like sacrifices. Getting to transform is one of the best parts of [acting].” The role also required her to lose 25 pounds.

Actor Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy did his acting job and singing exemplary well. His facial expression and jaw movements while he sings the lines from “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” sends out all the emotions in Marius’ heart.
Photo release:  Marius and Cosette sings the part of "Every Day / A Heart Full of Love [Reprise]."
Photo release: Marius and Cosette sings the part of “Every Day / A Heart Full of Love [Reprise].”

West End production Samantha Barks was a big revelation in Les Misérables, which is also her film debut. Previously portrayed Éponine, the Thénardiers’ destitute daughter, her dive on the big screen was never disappointing. Her face is theatrical and she sings with pure emotions, making her the most believable ‘singer’ in the league of actors of the film. She also played the role at the DVD/Blu-ray release of Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert.
Photo release showing Éponine singing "Éponine's Errand."
Photo release showing Éponine singing “Éponine’s Errand.”

Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried who both played Cosette as the child and grown-up, respectively; Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen who played the Thénardiers, two swindling innkeepers, were all magnificent as supporting actors that led to the box-office success of Les Misérables. As of 17 January 2013, Les Misérables earned $122,558,020 in North America and $115,100,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $237,658,020.

The success wouldn’t be complete without the characters that moved the story to its climatic momentum. We see a great talent in child actor Daniel Huttlestone who plays Gavroche, a streetwise urchin who helped the revolutionaries as messenger. We were touched in the scene where Javert placed his medal of valor atop the body of lifeless Gavroche who was shot to death by the government soldiers.



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Most memorable scenes
There are lot of memorable scenes in this movie and it’s too much to tell you all. One shouldn’t miss the suicide of Javert for there you will understand why he kept on chasing Valjean even if the latter had saved his life from the revolutionaries. This and more makes the film gigantic and worth your tickets to watch. If we have the chance to repeat this film again, anytime we will. For now, we hope you also catch Les Misérables on the big screen for until it is available nationwide. Don’t let Les Misérables movie pass without having the chance of watching it. You should.

Golden Globe Award
Les Misérables, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

We would like to thank SkinTec Philippines, manufacturer of Fiona Cologne and Grips Brands, for inviting us for this monumental experience of seeing this beautiful film at the Directors Club Cinema 2/F SM Mall of Asia. You may like Fiona Cologne and Grips on Facebook and @SkintecSocial on Twitter.

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