Les Misérables

Rated NR

Some have criticized director Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Misérables for its lack of subtlety, but to be fair, there’s never been anything subtle about Les Miz. Distilled from Victor Hugo’s sprawling 1,400-page novel into a syrupy liqueur of human sorrow, the Les Miz musical has always been a calculated sobfest from start to finish. This is a musical in which nearly every member of the expansive cast dies, often violently, and usually at the point of abject despair. You are going to cry, goddamnit, even if the ghosts of the dead have to come back for the finale and hand-massage your tear ducts. Which they do. (And Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream” is fucking amazing.) GOLDY

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Film Credits
Tom Hooper
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Colm Wilkinson