Okay, I'm struggling to organize my mind right now. Les Mis is messing with my mind. I never watched the original Broadway show nor read the novel so I'm not gonna compare it. I knew the story though. I've heard their songs and of course, a big fan of them.
Haaahh, okay, calm down Gita...
First, as expected from big names such as Les Miserables. I'm so thrilled. It's BEAUUUUTIFUL!
The songs, well, no doubt, awesome. The scores is amazing. (I'm a big fan of film scores). The settings are ALL so precise.
But above all, I must admit, the cast is PERFECT! Mind blowing...
I was being skeptical by thinking whether Anne Hathaway gonna nailed her character or not. Well, she was successful in making me cried. I could really feel her pain in her voice, again, mind blown.
And later I read from the internet that Anne's mom, Kate McCauley was potraying Fantine in Les Mis' first U.S. tour. No wonder!
Amanda Seyfried is definitely getting better since Mamma Mia! and she'll forever be one of my most favorite actress. But I feel that she was overshadowed by the other casts. Well, she's Cosette to begin with.
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe... What can I say? Big voice, undoubtedly great actors. I just love how versatile Hugh Jackman a.k.a. Jean Valjean is.
Samantha Barks as Eponine was perfection for me! Her rendition of "On My Own" was really stunning and her part in "In My Life/A Heart Full of Love" was simply catches my heart (Sorry, Amanda). She was also potraying Eponine in Les Mis' show so she started as stage actress and beautifully adapted to movie actress. Chills...
Eddie Redmayne, truly scene stealer. Good looks, great acting and splendid voice. What's not to like? His "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" was so real and so touching. Chills, again.
And who was surprised when suddenly Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen appeared?? They're so funny and "Master of the House" was so pleasant to be heard. Gosh I just love them!
Isabelle Allen!!! I almost forgot our little young Cosette. She's so pretty and her "Castle on a Cloud" was nothing but genuine. But I still think that (young) Lea Michelle's rendition of "Castle on a Cloud" was a little bit better, vocal wise. Nothing against Isabelle though, I think she nailed her role :)
Also, what's blowing my mind is that they actually record the song live-on-set!! For the sake of capturing the real moment and creative freedom. As Eddie Redmayne said, the cast would heard the piano track via earpiece and sang it live.
Minus Points : Near to NONE! But I must point this, a little, shaky hand-held camera in "Valjean's Soliloquy" and I think that's it. I'm just so in love with this movie that I'm afraid that I'm being so bias.
And to close the movie, The Finale/ Valjean's Death and "Do You Hear the People Sing" were BRILLIANT!!! I really couldn't hold my tears and totally choking up! So GRAND! OHMY, they DESERVE proper standing ovations!
I'm so happy that I've been given the chance to watch this life changing movie. Definitely gonna buy their Soundtrack Album. Definitely. Mark my words!
MVP : Anne Hathaway
My Most Favorite Song : "I Dreamed a Dream"
One of Best Renditions of I Dreamed A Dream
To conclude this, I'm gonna quote my friends' thought about Les Mis.
"One thing that I got from Les Mis, is about human being. It's not about what's right and what's wrong which was defined by law, but rather what's right or wrong in your position, as a human being. Your choice is not always right in law but it's the right thing to do as a human"
"I only have one word for this movie, strong. Everything about this movie is so powerful."I think Les Mis is worth watching and definitely means more than average movie to me. :)
My Rating : 9.5/10