Les Miserables

[12a]

United States 2013, 158 mins
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman

Victor Hugo’s epic tale of romance and political idealism, set amid the turmoil of the 1832 Paris Uprising, has been filmed many times. But director Hooper (THE KING’S SPEECH) daringly adapts Cameron Mackintosh’s mightily successful musical version for the big screen, with a stellar cast – most of whom are not usually known for their singing skills.

Jackman is the paroled convict Jean Valjean, who is fleeing the obsessive Inspector Javert (Crowe); Hathaway is Fantine, the reluctant, ailing prostitute for whose child Valjean assumes responsibility. The cast sang the stirring melodies live to camera during filming – a huge gamble by Hooper that paid off impressively.

With regular cinematographer Danny Cohen on board, and Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen in major roles, LES MISÉRABLES is an all-round sensual feast.