An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. In 19th-century France, a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption, but is pursued by the persistent Inspector Javert.
Thomas George “Tom” Hooper (born 1972) is a British film and television director of English and Australian heritage. Hooper began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet.
Into the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV’s Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a South African drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). This began an association between Hooper and… read more
Though some of its many many songs are good (especially Hathaway's number), it looked pretty spectacular, and the acting was spot-on this behemoth of a musical suffers a-plenty including Crowe's well-intentioned but subpar singing, the out-of-place Cohen & Bonham-Carter, and its use of closeups which works sometimes but doesn't for the majority of the film. A major misfire for Hooper.
Forced portraiture on these characters makes their struggle's mere events. This is the anti-operatic musical, lacking any sense of atmosphere, building only into reaction and evading any sense of shared intimacy. The one time Hooper's lens selection has failed him. Jarring editing. A sad sound mix: shrill, narrow and vocals pre-amped too differently from the score. Jean "saves the cat" too late... Then can't stop; squeezed adaptation. The acting is solid and production design is brilliant. Sacha and Helena's performances are magnificent. Hathaway's performance is sacrificed to the plot. Haven't been this disappointed in a while.
Title: Les Miserables
Genre: Musical, Drama
Director: Tom Hooper
This is likely the most mainstream film you’ll see me discussing here, and I do so only because of my lifelong love of the novel and the musical. By all accounts, Les Misérables is a thoroughly depressing… read review
Have you heard the people sing, singing songs of angry men (and women). Even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I will admit for the average viewer Les Miserables may or may not be the most pleasurable… read review