Movies Reviews

If Justice Is Done, ‘Les Mis’ Will Win Oscars

By Myah Guild
DUNSTABLE, Bedfordshire, England – Director Tom Hooper’s long-awaited
adaptation of the consistently acclaimed novel and musical Les Misérables finally
hit UK screens on January 11 and surely set the bar high for 2013 in film.
Everything from the cinematography to the world-famous score was done in
epic style.
Following the life of convict Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables is a story of change
and time as well as social injustice and revolution.

Jackman’s portrayal of the felon pursued by Russell
Crowe’s relentless Javert is simply outstanding and whilst Crowe’s singing is
considerably weaker than his counterparts, his ability to convey the cruelty and
complexity of Javert is a good distraction.

Hooper’s decision to shoot the singing live paid off enormously as the
emotion of the songs resounded loud and clear. Individual voices could be heard
in the crowd and the songs conveyed the central theme of human plight, whether
hopeful or full of despair.
Most notably, Anne Hathaway, who played Fantine, delivered pure and
simple brilliance in her highly anticipated “I Dreamed a Dream” scene.
Other memorable characters include Eponine, played by Samantha Barks –
the daughter of the comical Thénardiers, who were played by Sacha Baron Cohen
and Helena Bonham Carter – whose unrequited love for rebel Marius, played by Eddie
Redmayne, is another of the emotions the film explores, highlighting the extent
to which song and music can convey the depth of human despair.
The pride of the British in the French story has again been renewed in
this adaptation – Barks performed her role in the much-loved West End show
before beating Hollywood actresses to the coveted role and Cohen and Carter’s
characters also provide light relief to the story that pulls audiences through
almost every emotion conceivable.
Above all, it is a story of morality that everyone can relate to,
brilliantly told and shown by the man who brought the story of George VI’s intense
struggle with stammering back into the public’s mind with the 2010 release, The King’s Speech.
The final scene in Les Mis has
been known to warrant tears and applause, in equal measure, amongst audiences
and with justice being a key part of the story, many will come away thinking if
there is any, it will win the Oscars it deserves.