Flash Review: Les Misérables
I walked in, my expectations lowered after many mixed reviews, and fully prepared for non-stop singing, lots of close-ups and Russell Crowe’s horrid voice. Turns out, I didn’t mind that stuff at all (Crowe’s singing is decent, I would say) and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Not flawless by any means, but without a doubt, one of the most satisfying cinematic experiences I’ve had in a long time. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are the standouts among a talented cast where Isabelle Allen, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Huttlestone and Samantha Barks shine, as well. Also worth noting: the music (of course), cinematography, costumes and art direction. Tom Hooper is more deserving of a ‘Best Director’ Oscar nod for this one (he wasn’t even nominated) than for The King’s Speech.