From here, the story goes on where he interacts with others such as the guard Javert (Russell Crowe), Fantine’s daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), and poor Fantine (Anne Hathaway).
From the wide range of emotions to his undeniably passionate vocals, Hugh Jackman unfolds the tender-hearted character of Jean Val Jean with excellence and consistency. He gave audiences everywhere a striking impression that there is more to Jackman than a superhero with gigantic blades protruding from his knuckles.
This kindness is revealed when our attention shifts and focuses to the desperate Fantine. While doing anything and everything for money to take care of her child, Hathaway gives infinite bone-chilling moments. Whether she’s getting her hair gnawed off with a knife, working painstaking hours in a factory, or committing prostitution, Hathaway’s performance is impeccable. Her variation of singing from alto to soprano, from loud to soft and from clear to sobbing was executed flawlessly through her solo piece called “I Dreamed A Dream.” Anne Hathaway made many of us leave the theater in tears—the good kind.
As for Seyfried, many thought she was only cast based on her beauty and resemblance to the younger Cosette. Some moments in her singing turned shrill, which gave an unpleasant sound, detracting away from beautiful points. Again, in similarity to Russell Crowe, Seyfried’s acting also outshone her singing.
By the end of the movie, the assemblage of all characters who had perished came together for a stirring rendition of the song “Do You Hear The People Sing?” This is the climax where the culmination of live vocals, authentic wardrobe and makeup, sprawling sets and computer generation added a magnificent touch to the actors and actresses performances.
Tom Hooper’s film Les Miserables is thrilling in every aspect--always flowing with a bombardment of emotion. It left the feeling of wanting more.
Written by Rachel Russell