I had never seen Les Miserables before going to see the film, and so I literally went in with zero idea of what to expect. Even if I had gone in with expectations, however, I’m sure they would have been far exceeded. From the opening song, to the final credits, I went through such a range of emotions, I was exhausted by the time I exited the theatre.
The brilliant story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), Fontine (Anne Hathaway), Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), Eponine (Samantha Barks), and my personal favourite, Marius (Eddie Redmayne), is portrayed amazingly on the big screen. My cousins – who have been Les Mis addicts their entire lives – inform me that the all star cast more than stood their grounds in performing the epic musical. Almost entirely performed in song, the musical tells the story of an attempted French Revolution. It is heartbreaking, yet full of hope and love, and even occasionally laughter.
I fell head over heels in love with Marius (who is portrayed by Nick Jonas in the 25th Anniversary edition which I have on dvd but have never bothered to watch – that will definitely be changing) who is a revolutionary and main love interest. However, the love triangle that exists between him, Cosette, and Eponine will shatter your heart. I dare you to listen to “On My Own” and not sob (and, if you’re like me, relate it to fictional characters).
Other devastating songs include “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, and of course, the classic “I Dreamed a Dream”. Not all songs will induce tears, however, with “ABC Cafe/Red and Black” and “Do You Hear The People Sing” more likely to encourage you to stand on tables and belt the lyrics at the top of your lungs.
Hugh Jackman is…beyond amazing. Just. So brilliant. If you’re on the fence about checking out the film, I promise you it is worth going just to see his performance. While Hugh was the stand out, all the actors were amazing. Anne Hathaway is another standout, and Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen bring brilliant comedic relief.
Even if you’re not into musicals, or like me, know nothing about Les Mis, go and see it. You will love it, I promise you.
Out now in cinemas everywhere (hopefully, anyway).
frangipani princess xoxo