I was privileged to see Les Miserables on New Year’s Eve. It was an absolutely breathtaking movie and easily deserves a best picture nomination and award. Having seen Lincoln, Argo, Cloud Atlas, Looper, The Hobbit, and many other motion pictures in 2012 and early 2013, I cannot express how exquisite Les Miserables is visually, musically, and emotionally.
Anne Hathaway’s performance as Fantine will simply astound you. Her scene where she sings “I dream the dream” is one of the most heart-wrenching in cinematic history. If she does not win an Oscar is will be an unpardonable crime.
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe are also superb. Not sure if Mr. Jackman can top Daniel Day-Lewis, but the acting required when one is singing has to be especially tough and is impressive in its own right.
Even if you don’t like musicals, please go see this amazing film. Each of us that saw the film could not get the music out of our heads for the rest of the evening. Les Miserables is a movie for the ages. It will remain in your heart and your head for a very, very long time afterwards. Bravo to all involved in creating this cinematic masterpiece.