Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Les Misérables

Les Misérables
Dir. Tom Hooper
Country: UK
Aus Rating: M
Running Time: 157mins

An adaptation of one of the world’s most famous musicals is always going to be fraught with danger. The fans demand a certain amount of faithfulness to the material, but there are very real differences between stage and screen and the creation of a musical universe can be a tricky tight rope that many audiences will naturally resist. Les Misérables is directed by Tom Hooper and it’s arguable as to whether he has handled the adaptation of Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer’s acclaimed stage version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel in a way that will win over newcomers and non-fans alike, but his old fashioned take is frequently exhilarating and adamant in its unwavering desire to not be dolled up and be given a hip makeover.

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