Jan 17, 2013


As a huge fan of musical movies, I had been waiting for thiz. It’s one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Soon after I walked out of the theater, I realized that thiz movie was very peculiar. Let me put it thiz way, as the musical, I can confidently say that the music is not at its best. If you listen to the song without seeing the movie, it will feel like half-baked. But if you see it as a movie experience as a whole, when you can see the Actors are singing with their expression and emotion, at that time, then you can feel that thiz is a very strong and breathtaking musical movie. In short, it fell hard as a musical but heartfelt as a movie. Tom Hooper is a film Director who is always able to capture his characters with totality without missing a single thing through his unique cinematography, as shown in “The Damned United” (2009) and "The King's Speech" (2010). In thiz famous classic tale, there are so many interesting characters to be explored. There is Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) an ex-convict who struggles to redeem his sin, Javert (Russel Crowe) who is a ruthless police inspector, Fantine (Anne Hathaway) a single mother who turned into streetwalker, Thénardier and his wife (Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) who are sophisticated gang of thieves, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) who is beautiful daughter of Fantine, Marius (Eddie Redmayne) who is a courageous revolutionary partisan, Éponine (Samantha Barks) who is spoiled daughter of Thénardier and everbody’s favorite the brave little boy Gavroche (Daniel Huttlestone). I notice what Tom Hooper has done as the Director in order to build a strong impression for each of his characters. He simply gives everyone at least one chance to deepen their characters by singing in a special close-up segment. Each character, major role or small role, has thiz particular segment. And guess who is taking thiz opportunity well? It’s Anne Hathaway who makes a convincing heartrending performance by giving up her pretty long hair and successfully bringing out all the emotions. The other Actor who surprises me is Hugh Jackman. Jackman also takes his role very seriously and it definitely pays off. His character as Jean Valjean has many up and down situations but he has no trouble at all playing it. And for the refreshing part (since the movie is extremely melancholy from the very beginning), the comical couple Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier have succeeded to cheer up the atmosphere by delivering some fresh humor. The first half of the movie is about suffering and the second half is more about love. Whatever it is, we finally come to the conclusion that suffering and love are the things that keep human learning. Anyway, I love the spirit! It’s all about the spirit of a minority, the spirit of change and the resistance against absolute monarchy and oppression. In the end, I have to admit that thiz movie is not for everyone, particularly if you are not a fan of musicals. Nevertheless, thiz movie still conclude with a very good ending indeed. There is a gratifying feeling after watching the ending. In fact, if you are in the right mood, you might end up with a happy tear. Vive la France!

Stars : 8/10
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Jonny Fendi

" ♪ Do you hear the people sing? Lost in the valley of the night. ♪ It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light. ♪"

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