Review: Les Misérables (2012)

Tom Hooper’s take on the evergreen West End musical blockbuster Les Misérables tests the boundaries of how radical a film adaptation can be in approaching material that is, at least for many, very familiar. Far from delivering a safe, faithful retelling that recreates the experience of the show, the King’s Speech director opts to do something quite different; he dials up the emotional intensity of the story by, quite literally, zooming in on the characters. Yes, the production has been opened up a bit, swapping small stages for a few widescreen vistas; but as the A-list cast sing their songs, there is no escaping their characters’ pain and suffering, and the effect is surprisingly powerful.

Full review: Les Misérables | Cinema Review | Film @ The Digital Fix

Published by Gavin Midgley

Freelance film journalist, blogger and geek.

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