Les Misérables (2012)

Review: Les Misérables (2012)

By CBwood
17 Jan 13

Almost a new medium

The combination of musical and film is a particularly odd one - especially in the case of Les Miserables which only really exists on film either without music (1998) or on anniversary special recordings where the cast mostly just stand by a microphone and sing (their hearts out - I do not mean to belittle these!). With Tom Hopper's interpretation we get a strange mix between the two, it takes a while to adjust to the fact that we are seeing, living and moving through 1800s France but we are focused on this group of people that communicate almost exclusively with melody.

The performances are breathtaking, the gritty scale and live singing brings fresh revelation to the meaning of the music, and it's all just a bit heart wrenching really. But wonderful, truly wonderful.