It is hard to imagine seeing the Les Miserable on screen when you have seen the famed musical on stage. You will wonder how the untrained voices compare to those magnificent vocal chords that played the part on stage. Can you imagine stars that played the Wolverine, a Princess, and a Roman General singing?
The latest Les Miserables movie will change your mind a few minutes into the film. It features a great performance from Anne Hathaway as a struggling single parent, Fantine. Her acting was quite expansive.
Her face was framed for several minutes with all the hopelessness, distress, and regret as she sings I Dreamed a Dream.
Movie director, Tom Hooper had the actors perform the songs live on camera and only had an ear set to guide them with the timing. The musical score was later inserted.
Les Miserable is based on the novel written by Victor Hugo in the late 19th century. It is about the struggles of Jean Valjean portrated by Hugh Jackman. The character is of extraordinary strength who was incarcerated for stealing some bread.
Jean Valjean was able to escape from authorities, became financially able and powerful, and later on had to fulfill a promise to take care of Cosette, the child of Fantine. The fugitive was constantly haunted and hunted by Javert, a police inspector played by Rusell Crowe.
The story and so is the film is littered with a ton of suffering with comedic reliefs from the characters of the innkeepers portrayed y Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron.
The original stage production of the musical was done in Paris back in 1980 followed by the West End production in 1985.
Les Miserables is all about losses, loves, struggles, and triumphs. It sure does provide a very captivating experience that enriches the human spirit.