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Film Review - Les Miserables

LES MISERABLES Hugh Jackman Anne Hathaway

Victor Hugo’s celebrated 1862 novel concerning crime and punishment has been turned into a great number of features throughout the years. However, this “Les Miserables” takes its cues from the 1980 French musical, which sprouted to blockbuster life when it found an English translation in 1985. Beloved by millions who’ve grown accustomed to the safe distances and narrow expanse of the stage production, the movie smashes the divide between the actors and the audience, with director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) creating a decidedly raw and intimate film that aches to preserve the soulfulness of the performances and the fiery poetry of the lyrics. “Les Miserables” makes a few controversial moves along the way, but it is, at its heart, grand entertainment, with a concentration on anguish that cuts all the way to the bone. Read the rest at


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