Anne Hathaway | My Les Miserables Review

Fantine is Anne Hathaway

I walked into Les Miserables with huge expectations–GINORMOUS! This was going to be epic! The movie theater was packed (I didn’t get there early because it takes 30 minutes to get to a movie theater when I visit my in-laws in Idaho). I ended up sitting by myself on the second row between a chatty girl and a teenager in a high school swim jacket. No problem. This didn’t matter. This movie was going to leave me in tears and have me demanding for more. (so I thought)

As you can see….my first mistake was walking in with such high expectation. I sat through the whole 157 minutes at times incredible captivated and other times disappionted. Mr. Hooper, I know it’s cool that you shot the movie with live singing but does that mean you have to sacrific the

atrics? Do we have to watch each songs zoomed in on the characters nose? It’s a movie! Maybe have them pace around, gesture towards a sleeping dog, DO SOMETHING! If I wanted to listen to each song while zoomed in on the character I could have called PBS.

Now a few words for Mr. Hugh Jackman! You make a wonderful Wolverine–quite perfect actually. You were made to be that X-Man. Do you make a perfect Jean Valjean?

Almost.

You were working it through this movie. I was proud to see you Valjean it so well. And then you sang Bring Him Home. It was nothing short of a movie crime. You should be thrown in movie prison for disgracing such an awesome song. I think you sang the whole thing through your nose. Maybe it isn’t Hugh’s fault. I should be upset at Alfie Boe for singing this song so perfect that it can never be sung again. Curse you Alfie, for having such perfect pipes.

Hugh, I still love ya, bro. *first bump*

What about Anne Hathaway? She is so lovely featured in today’s caricature above with her new Les-Mis-look. I first met Sister Hathaway in everyone’s favorite Mormon movie, The Other Side of HeavenSince then she’s mostly made movies my bishop says I can’t watch. But in Les Mis she is down right remarkable. She has quite the voice I never knew about. She is worth seeing this movie a dozen times.

Even though I don’t consider this a perfect movie–I’m still going to see it again. Maybe 7 or 8 times after that (on DVD, of course). Go see it. Just don’t walk in there with “epic expectations”, like I did.

If you were to ask the high school kid in the swim jacket I sat next to. He loved it. He was a blubbering mess at the end. I wanted to slap him.

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4 Responses to “Anne Hathaway | My Les Miserables Review”

  1. Kimball December 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Erica thought it was the best movie she ever saw. I appreciated the acting as a sacrifice to good music talent. The directing made the words come alive and blended the characters together. 4.5/5 from the High’s.

  2. Mike Lester January 4, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    1. Close ups? MLBaseball has been nasal gazing pitchers for years. What else they got?
    2. Ann “marched in OWS demonstrations in couture” Hathaway insisted she wear “vegan shoes” in every scene. I kid you not.
    3. Where I live, grown men don’t often go to see Broadway musicals… alone.

    • kurtfrancom January 4, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Boy, I feel sheepish. I guess I should have explained further to avoid the assumption I’m a 30-something male that loves musicals and handbags.

      I swear I wasn’t there alone. My wife did stay at home with our daughter but I was with all my in-laws. We got there so late there were only single seats left so we had to split up.

      Please…please…believe me. Don’t cast me out to the purgatory of weird 30 year-old males.

      However, I do need to go get me some cute “vegan shoes”. 😉

  3. Joyce February 5, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    I haven’t seen the movie but I saw the musical live (twice) at the Capitol Theatre. I’ve also seen Les Mis in performance on PBS several times,
    . The music always makes me cry — except when I saw a clip tonight on Leno of Hugh Jackman singing Who Am I? That nearly made me cry….but not for the same reason! How was the movie, really, compared to the live musical? Will I be disappointed?

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