When I heard the cast for the movie musical of Les Miserables , it looked like I had dreamed-a-dream come true. Hugh Jackman! Anne Hathaway! Russell Crowe! Helena Bonham Carter! Amanda Seyfried!
Their individual performances, all sung live on camera, are solid, impressive and moving. And the soundtrack is selling well. So that worked.
But dang, Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has assembled a relentless, 2 hour 38 minute movie that feels as long as it is. Yeh, at about the second hour, I screamed a scream as much time went by.
Simply put: Loved the book. Loved the musical play. Liked the movie. The world’s longest running musical has become the longest-seeming film.
Award potential: Hugh Jackman holds this thing together and could win Best Actor. Anne Hathaway is the front-runner for Best Supporting Actress. She indeed stole big moments from the movie — that type of performance tends to win that award.
At the end of the day, this film is a great way to reward these two versatile, well loved actors — but it won’t take Best Picture and Skyfall will probably take the Best Song title away too.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks for Les Miz fans. Others should stay away.