Les Miserables

Let me preface this by saying that Les Miserables is one of my favourite things ever (so much so that I started writing a blog post about it with no real idea where it’s going). I love pretty much everything to do with Les Mis, including the book, the musical and now the musical movie.

I’ve watched the movie about six or seven times now and really love it. There were a few nitpicky things I thought could have been done better (Javert’s death sound? Where was Ramin?), but overall it was an amazing film.

Highlights for me include Colm Wilkinson as the Bishop, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Samantha Barks as Eponine and of course that amazing performance which we all remember as the stand-out moment in the film. At this point in the film, the character was almost unrecognisable and they managed to convey so much, so well. I am of course talking about Hadley Fraser and his glorious moustache. A tour de force!

More seriously, Anne Hathaway was the biggest highlight for me (and for many others) with a gritty emotional performance as Fantine. And I have to mention Hugh Jackman’s wonderful performance throughout the film; he really lived up to the role.

Okay I just realised that this post sort of turned into a review, so… 5 stars! Go see it if you haven’t already!

Once you’ve seen it twice, watch the 25th Anniversary Concert of the musical twice, then watch the movie again, then the 25th Concert, then watch the 10th Anniversary Concert, then watch the movie, then read the book, then the movie, then the 25th Concert and then come be my best friend. If at any point during that time you have the chance to see the musical live, go and see it, then resume the instructions as normal.

You have 24 hours.