I just saw the astonishing film adaptation of the Les Misérables musical that I’ve seen twice in the West End. The full effect of the musical is there, and it hits you like a hammer at the right times.
It is a far, far, colder man than I who will not cry at those times.
That said, this is not a perfect adaptation, the movie has some unexpected flaws. Spoilers ahead. Continue reading
Musical junkie that I am I really wanted to enjoy this but I found it to be more impressive than enjoyable.
Certainly the staging, the costuming, the lighting were superb in that inimitable and undefinable Tim Burton style. I enjoyed the performances of the cast, the songs were appropriate if not particularly memorable.
But…something didn’t quite work for me. I don’t know if it was the subject matter or something else but I don’t particularly want to see this again. Nor, unlike Rent, am I particularly interested in seeing a live performance.