ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor – Hugh Jackman
- Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway
- Best Costume Design
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Original Song – “Suddenly”
- Best Production Design
- Best Sound Mixing
So I feel like it’s worth mentioning that before seeing Les Misérables I had no idea what the story was about, who the characters were, or what any of the songs were. I seem to be the only person in the world in this situation, by the way. So I knew the French Revolution was involved, and that is pretty much it. Also worth mentioning: I’m really not a big fan of musicals. Especially musicals where it’s not just full of songs, the dialogue is mostly sung, rather than spoken . . . like Les Misérables. Soooooo . . .
Yeah, Les Misérables was long and it was sort of boring. I could hear Chris storing at the other end of the couch. While it’s not even 3 hours long, it sort of felt like the movie was closer to 4 hours long, mostly due to the aforementioned amount of singing. Now, I liked some of the songs, especially “I Dreamed a Dream,” sung by Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a character so tragic she borders on being absurd. Despite that, and despite not even being in the movie very much, Anne Hathaway did a very nice job in her role.
As a whole, Les Misérables felt so bogged down in characters, storylines, and most of all, SONGS ALL THE TIME (which, yes, I know is the point of a musical) that watching it felt more like trudging through it.
LES MISERABLE (I mean am I right?)
Not really the movie for me. I remember miserably sitting through the Liam Neeson version of this in college, so add all the long songs and you have a movie where I fell asleep multiple times. I’m falling asleep thinking about the movie. So this is the end of my post.