Reviewed By: Julian Iacobelli
Set in the early eighteen hundreds, with the French revolution brewing, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who has been imprisoned for nearly 19 years is released by Javert (Russel Crowe) and vows to live life anew. Valjean becomes mayor of a small town and a factory owner. Due to Valjean’s well being he is entrusted with the duties of caring for a lonely child Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried). They move to Paris where Cosette falls in love with a revolutionist on the eve of the revolt. Les Mis was a very unorthodox movie. There is absolutely no spoken word and, personally, I feel that its style is best suited for the stage. The few bright spots in Les Mis were the scenes of Anne Hathaway as the factory worker turned prostitute, Fantine, the tomfoolery of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, and the courageous revolutionists. Other than that, Les Misérables was miserable… Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe made my ears cringe; the movie was too long and very corny. If this wins best picture, I will be cussing out my television.