Les Miserables is a film best served with passion.
Shoshi, today’s host converses with our panelist, Gerit Quealy at Eva’s Supplements and Health Food Store located in the West Village in New York City to discuss this musical and to the review the comedic online short, Helping Hands.
Listen to this review online here.
Based on the historic 19th century French novel written by Victor Hugo, this is the cinematic adaptation of the long-running, multi-award winning musical phenomenon known as Les Miserables. With a screenplay collaborative by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer and directed by Tom Hooper, the film steps into a world of splendid wonder hard to achieve on the theatrical stage.
Musicals as a genre have long been considered a relic from the past, however, director Tom Hooper, manages to breathe new life into this melodic, celluloid rendition. Utilizing skillful long shots, intense, dramatic close-ups and stunning CGI (Computer Generated Images), Les Miserables, the film, is an impressive feat.
The cast were required to sing live (which also allows them to improvise their singing patterns) as well as act. Expect to be blown away by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne (who knew he had a voice as well as presence??). Great performances are also given by Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried but Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter raise to every occasion and steal most of their scenes as well as bringing some lighter much needed comic relief. Although it clocks in at just over 2.5 hours, it is an enjoyable journey rich with historical anecdotes and social references that remain relevant in modern society.