Like many musical fans, I spent Christmas Day in the theater watching the new movie Les Miserables.
Like any fan of the hit Broadway musical, I was nervous how Hollywood would adapt the production into movie form. Fortunately, they saw fit to go with the adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
With the exception of a few modifications, the Hollywood version captures the entire Broadway production in all its glory. The scenes are amazing, the performances outstanding, and, I promise, the 2 hours and 40 minute run-time will be over before you know it.
Of course, we all know that regardless of how great a production is, there will always be a standout performer, and Les Miserables is no exception. If the award shows are listening, the standout performance of this entire movie is Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway, who plays Fantine, steals the show with her amazing acting and fantastic voice. Matter-of-fact, my Christmas 2012 will go down as the year that Anne Hathaway made me cry. I can not imagine another actress being able to carry off the part of Fantine as marvelous as Hathaway.
As great as Hathaway is, it is importnat to know that it is Hugh Jackman who plays lead with a stunning portrayal of Jean Valjean. Unfortunately, his character is not equally matched with his nemesis Javert, played by Russell Crowe. It felt as though Crowe was out of his vocal range for the entire movie.
Regardless though, if you love Les Miserables, or musicals in general, this movie is for you. The scenery is phenomenal, the acting is suburb, and, unless you just really are not in the mood, this movie is bound to keep you entertained.
If you do not believe me, just listen to the audience. The movie, which opened at No. 1 on Christmas Day, received an average audience score of A. Additionally, the movie took in a whopping $17.5 million dollars, beating all expectations.