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Winter’s Tale

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2015 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

In 1895, a young immigrant couple is refused entry into Manhattan because they have consumption. When their infant son is not allowed entry to the country without them, the couple place him in a model sailboat named “City of Justice,” in which the baby floats to the New York City shoreline.

In 1916, the baby boy has grown up to become Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a thief raised by a supernatural demon posing as the gangster Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter is marked for death when he decides to leave Pearly’s gang. In a confrontation, he is rescued by a mysterious (winged at times) white horse, his guardian angel. Although Peter hopes to move to Florida and come back in the summer, the horse encourages him to steal from one last mansion. The mansion is the home where Beverly Penn lives, a young woman dying of consumption, whose fever is so high she sleeps outside in a tent in the winter cold. While her publisher father Isaac, and younger sister Willa, are not home, Beverly discovers Peter Lake preparing to rob the house. When Peter assures her that he no longer wishes to commit robbery, Beverly offers to make him a cup of tea. They tell each other their stories and fall in love.

Pearly orders his men to Beverly’s home, believing that saving her is Peter’s “miracle” and spiritual destiny and that he can destroy Peter by preventing it. Peter rescues Beverly from being knifed by Pearly, and they escape to the Lake of the Coheeries, where Pearly, who is supernaturally limited to the five boroughs of New York, cannot follow. Peter meets Beverly’s family at their summer home and wins their respect. While on a walk, Beverly explains to Peter that everyone is born with a miracle inside, where they are ultimately destined to become stars when they die.

Pearly asks the devil, Lucifer (Will Smith), for access to the lake home, but his request is denied. Instead, Pearly, who refers to himself as a Knight among Lucifer’s angels, calls in a debt owed to him by another of Lucifer’s angels. At a ball, a man poisons Beverly’s drink. When Peter and Beverly return home from the ball, Peter watches the shadows she casts upon the sides of her lighted tent, joins her, and the two make love. Her pulse racing ever faster due to the poison her heart, she dies.

After the funeral, as Peter and his mysterious white Horse return to the city, Pearly and his men surround them on the Brooklyn Bridge. To save its life, Peter orders his mysterious winged Horse to fly away, and Pearly gives Peter five vicious head-butts, pushing him off the bridge. Peter miraculously survives but wanders around the city with amnesia for a century, drawing chalk art of a red-headed girl on the pavements.

In 2014, the century old, but not physically aged, Peter bumps into a girl named Abby and meets her mother, Virginia Gamely. He rediscovers the brass name plate of the “City of Justice,” the toy sailboat his parents placed him in. Peter then discovers the Theatre of the Coheeries, founded by Isaac who has dedicated it to Beverly. He goes to the Isaac Penn Reading Room where Virginia works, and she helps him get his memory back using historical photographs archived at the library. While there, he meets Beverly’s now elderly sister Willa (Eva Marie Saint), who is the boss of Virginia’s newspaper. Abby has a seizure, revealing that she has cancer. Realizing that Abby, who is wearing a red scarf (like his sketches) and has red hair, not Beverly, is his “miracle” and spiritual destiny, Peter convinces Virginia that he can save Abby.

When Pearly learns that Peter is still alive and with Virginia, he is so enraged that he gives up his immortality for a chance to destroy him. Pearly and his men arrive at Virginia’s apartment, causing Peter and Virginia to flee to the rooftop with Abby. The mysterious winged horse flies them to the Lake of the Coheeries, but Pearly, now mortal, can pursue Peter beyond the Five Burroughs. After Horse dispatches Pearly’s men by crashing the ice so they all drown, Peter and Pearly engage in a fistfight and Peter stabs Pearly with the name plate from the “City of Justice.” Pearly turns to snow, and Peter is able to save Abby on the princess bed after his tear falls on her.

After visiting Beverly’s grave one last time, Peter mounts the horse to be carried away to the stars

REVIEW:

Sunday, I was surfing YouTube and across a few “worst of 2014” lists. Winter’s Tale was one most of those lists, but still looked interesting to me. Just like a curious cat, I had to see and hope I haven’t made a huge mistake.

What is this about?

Mark Helprin’s novel provides the basis for this film starring Colin Farrell as a thief who breaks into an ill girl’s home and then falls for her. As the action shifts between past and present, the burglar also acquires a flying-horse guardian angel.

What did I like?

Eat Crowe. Russell Crowe is not an actor that I will go out of my way to see. The guy just doesn’t impress me, I’m sorry. However, it is nice to see that the guy is getting a bit of a career resurgence. There was a time where he sort of fell off the radar. I think that was after a recording of him having some sort of meltdown, though. Also, it appears that Crowe is getting back into shape and not letting “age weight” take over.

Feelings. Much has been made of me and my lack of feelings and emotions. Hey, I’m proud of the “giant black hole where I should have a heart”, as it doesn’t cloud my judgment, theoretically. That being said, I can tell when something is supposed to be all about the “feels”, and this picture seems to scream that it wants you to turn into a ball of tears after at least 3 or 4 scenes, not to mention all the romantic elements. While this is not the kind of thing I go for, there is audience out there for it, and this film appeals to them implicitly.

Fantasy. Time travel. Flying horses. Angels and demons. Immortality. These are elements that appeal to me, as they fall in with the fantasy element that I am more interested in. While taking a backseat to the serious drama of the plot, these elements keep those watching that aren’t doing so for the love story, interested.

What didn’t I like?

Pick your genre. Mixing genres is something that works nine times out of ten, but when it doesn’t, boy howdy is it a flop. This film tries to mix to serious, romantic drama elements with a fantasy subplot. On their own, these elements work, but interspersed, not so much. I cannot tell you why, though. Perhaps it is because so much time is spent on the drama that the fantasy seems tacked on as a way to bring in a male audience. Maybe it is because the use of CG made it seem as if the flying horse or Will Smith as Lucifer, yes I said Will Smith as Lucifer, were nothing more than some sort of hallucination. At any rate, someone dropped the ball in blending these together, and the result is this film that doesn’t quite get a solid footing in either genre.

Saint Eva Marie. I hate to say this, but I actually thought Eva Marie Saint was dead. Who is Eva Marie Saint? Well, I know her best from North By Northwest, which might be her biggest claim to fame, but I could be wrong. This woman has to be in her 80s or 90s, which is the right age for the character, but one has to wonder what grave they dug her out from. Actually, I take that back, for the small scene she’s in, she gives a good performance, just hate that they dragged her out for a couple of scenes and then sent her back to wherever she came from.

Big names, small roles. Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe are the pro- and antagonist for this film. Both are A-list stars, I think we would all agree on, right? Well, there are a couple of other big name stars in here that have actual parts, not cameos, but leave you scratching your head as to why they are there in such a small, meaningless role. First, there is Will Smith. When was the last time he played a bad guy? The closest that I can think of is Hancock, so maybe this was just his way of testing the waters to see if people would accept him on the other side of the law (audiences will need to if that Suicide Squad flick is going to work). He has two scenes, and in one he gets mad and we see some bad CGI teeth, which again make you wonder why? The other big star is Jennifer Connelly. Her character makes sense in the grand scheme of things, but with such a small part of the film, it makes you wonder how much she liked this material, if the casting director got lucky when they called her, or if she owed someone a favor. There is no reason to cast someone as major as Connelly in this role when an up and coming actress such as Ginnifer Goodwin, for example, would have worked just as well. Maybe I’m just being nitpicky, though.

About 15 minutes into Winter’s Tale, I knew this wasn’t for me, but I was hoping something would change my mind. It didn’t, though. I will say that this doesn’t deserve to be one of the worst films of 2014, at least of the films that I saw. I would say it is teetering on the bottom half, but not down there. Final verdict? There is an audience for this film and it consists of hopeless romantics and Colin Ferrell fans. For everyone else this is a complete snoozefest. Your best bet is to avoid it, if you can.

2 3/4 out of 5 stars

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Man of Steel

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The planet Krypton faces imminent destruction due to an unstable core, and its ruling council is under the threat of rebel General Zod and his followers. Scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara secretly imprint a genetic codex into their newborn son’s Kal-El’s cells and launch him on a spacecraft to Earth to preserve the Kryptonian race. After Zod murders Jor-El, he and his followers are banished to the Phantom Zone, but manage to escape when Krypton explodes. The infant Kal-El lands on Earth in Smallville, Kansas, where he is discovered by couple Jonathan and Martha Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their adopted son.

Clark’s Kryptonian physiology affords him superhuman abilities on Earth. Young Clark gradually learns to hone the abilities that initially cause him confusion and discomfort. Jonathan reveals to a teenage Clark that he is an alien, and advises him to not utilize his powers publicly, fearing that society would reject him. After Jonathan’s death, an adult Clark spends the next several years living a nomadic lifestyle, working different jobs under false names to cover his tracks and hide his identity. He eventually discovers a Kryptonian scout ship with technology that allows him to communicate with the consciousness of Jor-El in the form of a hologram. Lois Lane, a young journalist from the Daily Planet, also discovers the ship while pursuing a story, and is rescued by Clark when she is injured. Lois’s editor Perry White rejects her story of a “superhuman” rescuer, so she traces Clark back to Smallville with the intention of writing an exposé. After hearing his story, she decides not to reveal his secret.

Detecting the scout ship, Zod travels to Earth where he demands that Kal-El surrender to him, or humanity will suffer the consequences. Clark agrees to surrender to the U.S. military, who hand Lois and Clark over to Zod’s second-in-command, Faora. Zod reveals that he intends to use a terraforming “world engine” to transform Earth into a Krypton-like planet, to eradicate the human population, and to use the codex to repopulate the planet with genetically-engineered Kryptonians. After Clark and Lois escape the ship, Clark defeats Faora and another of Zod’s henchmen in Smallville, convincing the military that he is on their side. Zod deploys the world engine and initiates the terraforming in Metropolis and over the Indian Ocean.

Clark, now dubbed “Superman”, stops the world engine in the Indian Ocean. The military uses the spacecraft that brought Superman to Earth in an aerial strike to create a portal that returns Zod’s ship and his crew to the Phantom Zone. Only Zod remains, and he and Superman engage each other. After a battle, Superman is forced to kill Zod to save a group of innocent civilians that Zod attempts to murder. Superman decides to blend into the normal world by wearing eyeglasses and resuming his identity as Clark Kent. He is hired by White to work as a reporter for the Daily Planet.

REVIEW:

Now that Batman has had his time in the spotlight, the powers that be have decided to turn their focus back on DC Comics’ golden boy, Superman, with Man of Steel. Admittedly, after seeing the early trailers, I was a bit skeptical because they made it seem like this was going to resemble Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (he’s a producer on this, btw). Boy was I wrong!

What is this about?

In another revival of the Superman legend, reporter Clark Kent must keep his alien origins and fantastic powers hidden from the world at large. But when the Kryptonian General Zod plans to destroy Earth, the Man of Steel springs into heroic action.

What did I like?

Krypton. In all the various incarnations of Superman, I do not believe we have actually seen much of Krypton. The most I believe that we’ve seen is the capitol city of Kandor, which was stolen away before the planet exploded. In this film, the filmmakers not only show us more of Krypton than we’ve seen in the past, but we also get the chance to see some wildlife and whatnot. It was a nice little touch that started off giving this film its own identity, especially when you consider a good chunk of this is just retelling Superman’s very well-known origin story.

He’s got the look. I can imagine that there was a long and arduous search for the perfect Superman. The last guy to put on the red and blue tights, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, was a carbon copy of Christopher Reeve, at least in look. Henry Cavill seems to fit that mold a little bit, as well, but he also has his own look that really sells the fact that he is Superman. The only thing missing was the ‘S’ curl.

Excitement. Let’s think for a minute. If all of a sudden you were given this fancy costume and learned you could fly, wouldn’t you be a little excited? In the original Superman, Christopher Reeve seems to fly like a seasoned pro, however, Henry Cavill’s flying scene is reminiscent of Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man…once he gets that hang of it. He’s not perfect at it, but he’s enjoying the novelty of the new experience. I really liked that they showed that this guy is having fun being Superman.

Action. The second half of this film is almost nothing but action, and I loved every minute of it. For those not familiar with previous Superman films, you may not know that there is actually very little action save for a few gunshots to show his invincibility and then the final fight, but not much else. Superman II does have an actual fight, ironically with General Zod and the other Kryptonians. Thanks goodness Zach Snyder had the good sense to put lots of action in here. I’m pretty sure no one wants to see another brooding superhero. That’s what Batman is for.

What didn’t I like?

Costume. Call me a purist, but I need the lighter shade of blue with the red underwear on the outside to be the costume on my Superman. To some, this may be a small thing, but for me, it was a pretty major middle finger to why Superman is. Then again, the whole “new 52” which is where this costume drew its inspiration from can fall into that category, truth be told. I’m sure there could have been some sort o compromise. Also, I liked it better when Martha Kent made the costume from Kal-El’s blanket, but in the film, Jor-El’s computer spirit has it ready for him (conveniently the right size). Last thing about the costume, it has some weird scale texture to it that makes about as much sense nipples on the Batsuit.

Destruction. I was listening to a podcast about this film earlier this week, and the brought up the wanton destruction of both Smallville and Metropolis and how it related to 9/11. I won’t go that far. Personally, I think it is time we stop relating every destroyed city to 9/11. However, I do see the point about how the city was destroyed. A few months ago, I started watching Ultimate Spider-Man (please avoid that show if you know what’s best for you), and in one of the early episodes Nick Fury makes it a major point to tell Spider-Man to keep collateral damage down. Apparently, Superman didn’t get the memo, because he and Zod make such a huge mess that even the clean-up crew from The Incredibles wouldn’t be able to make something sprout from it.

Eat Crowe. I can’t help but wonder if Russell Crowe finagled for this bigger part. Jor-El is always only seen for the first few scenes, and then as a spirit-type a little later. Somehow, we see Crowe almost as much as we see Superman and Lois Lane and for what reason? He’s not doing anything that couldn’t have been just a voice -over from a computer Going even further on that topic, what makes Crowe think that s more deserving of screen time than the Kents, played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.

Two halves of the puzzle. This is really two films, if you think about it. The first is the slow-moving origin telling first that makes you want to slit your wrists it is so long and drawn out. The second is the action packed second half of the film. While it doesn’t necessarily tell a story, it does provide for some real entertainment, not to mention it is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

As summer blockbusters go, Man of Steel is a great addition to the club and is sure to spawn more films featuring Henry Cavill as Superman. I do wish they’d lighten up, but I guess that won’ happen until Christopher Nolan steps away as producer. This is not a perfect film, nor is the best Superman picture to be made, though I am sure some will argue that point, but it is a nice summer blockbuster that you can go escape the heat for a couple of hours. You never know, you might just enjoy yourself. So, what are you waiting for? “It’s a bird…It’s a plane! It’s SUPERMAN!!!”

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Les Misérables

Posted in Movie Reviews, Musicals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

In 1815, convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released on parole by prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe) after serving a nineteen-year sentence. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne (Colm Wilkinson), but later steals the Bishop’s silver during the night. He is caught by the authorities, but the Bishop says that the silver was given as a gift, and secures Valjean’s release. Ashamed by the Bishop’s generosity, Valjean breaks his parole and vows to start an honest life under a new identity. Javert swears he will bring the escaped convict to justice.

Eight years later, Valjean has become a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. Fantine (Anne Hathaway), one of his workers, is discovered to be sending money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen), who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers (Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) and their daughter Éponine (Natalya Angel Wallace), and is dismissed by the foreman (Michael Jibson). Left with no option, Fantine turns to prostitution. During an argument with an abusive customer, Javert, now a police inspector, arrests Fantine, but Valjean intercedes and takes her to a hospital.

Later, Valjean learns that a man believed to be him has been arrested. Unable to condemn an innocent man, Valjean reveals his identity to the court before departing for the hospital. There he promises a dying Fantine that he will look after her daughter. Valjean finds Cosette and pays the Thénardiers to allow him to take her, and promises to be like a father to her.

Nine years later, Jean Maximilien Lamarque, the only government official sympathetic toward the poor, is nearing death. Students Marius Pontmercy (Eddie Redmayne) and Enjolras (Aaron Tveit), together with street urchin Gavroche (Daniel Huttlestone), discuss fomenting revolution. Later Marius catches a glimpse of Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), now a young woman, and instantly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, despite Cosette’s questioning, Valjean refuses to tell her about his past or Fantine.

At a café, Enjolras organises a group of idealistic students as Lamarque’s death is announced. Meanwhile, Éponine (Samantha Barks), now Marius’s friend, leads him to Cosette, where the two profess their love for one another. Lamenting that her secret love for Marius will never be reciprocated, Éponine fatalistically decides to join the revolution. Later, an attempted robbery of Valjean’s house makes him mistakenly think that Javert has discovered him, and he flees with Cosette. As they leave, Enjolras rallies the Parisians to revolt, and Marius sends a farewell letter to Cosette.

The next day, the students interrupt Lamarque’s funeral procession and begin their assault. Javert, disguised as one of the rebels, spies among the revolutionaries, but is quickly exposed by Gavroche and captured. During the ensuing gunfight, Éponine saves Marius at the cost of her own life, professing her love to him before she dies. Valjean, intercepting the letter from Marius to Cosette, goes to the barricade to protect Marius. After saving Enjolras from snipers, he is allowed to execute Javert. When the two are alone, Valjean frees Javert and fires his gun to fake the execution. Initially disbelieving, Javert wonders at Valjean’s generosity.

With the Parisians not joining the revolution as the students expected, they resolve to fight to the death. Everyone is killed but Marius, who is saved when Valjean drags his unconscious body into the sewers. Thénardier, scavenging the dead bodies, steals Marius’s ring. Valjean recovers and escapes the sewers carrying Marius, but is confronted at the exit by Javert. Javert threatens to shoot Valjean if he doesn’t surrender, but Valjean ignores him. Unable to reconcile the conflict between his civil and moral duties, two things which he always considered the same, Javert commits suicide.

Later, Marius mourns for his friends but Cosette comforts him. Revealing his past to Marius, Valjean tells him he must leave because his presence endangers Cosette, and makes Marius promise never to tell her. Marius and Cosette marry; the Thénardiers crash the reception and testify that they saw Valjean carrying a murdered corpse in the sewers. Thénardier unwittingly shows Marius the ring that he stole from him as “proof.” Recognising the ring, Marius realises that it was Valjean who saved his life. Marius and Cosette rush to Valjean after being told his location by Thénardier.

As Valjean sits dying in a local convent, he perceives the spirit of Fantine appearing to take him to Heaven. Cosette and Marius rush in to bid farewell. Valjean hands Cosette his confession of his past life, and the spirits of Fantine and the Bishop guide him to paradise, where he joins the spirits of Enjolras, Éponine, Gavroche, and the other rebels at the barricade.

REVIEW:

My freshmen year of college, we opened our marching band show with the music from Les Miserables. It may come as a surprise to some, but up until a few minutes ago, I had no idea what the songs were that comprised that 2 1/2 minute medley. I just listened to it again, and found myself singing along, as if I knew the words as well as an Earth, Wind, & Fire song.

What is this about?

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjeun, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promise to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

What did I like?

Stage to screen. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, musicals were all the rage. Some of them were real close to their Broadway counterparts, while others shared only the name. I cannot say for certain, but it seems as if this film didn’t try to do anything special with the sets, other than find and/or build real life version of what was used in the stage version. You have to give them credit for that, as audiences these days want bigger, better, more, as opposed to simplistic and authentic.

Better than the rest. Earlier this year, when the Grammys were on, someone asked me, “I wonder how it feels to be Adele and know that you are hands down the most talented singer in that entire room, and probably the world?” The same thing can be said for Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. They are far and away the most talented members of this cast, though, I see some budding young musical talent in Samantha Parks and Aaron Tveit.

Casting. In the good old days, actors were actually trained, as opposed to being picked up off the street because they had “the look”. This is how we got people like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Julie Andrews, Ginger Rogers, and their ilk. These talents were trained to not only act, but sing, and possibly dance. These days, that is such a rare occurrence, but Hugh Jackman has proven over the last few years, that it may be a good idea to go back to those days. This whole cast, with the exception of Russell Crowe, seems as if they were trained in musical theater. A couple of them, I know for sure, have been starring in London’s version of Broadway (I forgot what it is called, sorry). The one weak link is Russell Crowe. I’ll get to him shortly. Also, how perfect casting can you get than Anne Hathaway and Amanada Seyfreid. They both have those big “anime eyes” and could actually pass for mother and daughter because of some similar facial structure. Don’t forget young Cosette, who I think they did an exhaustive search to find someone who looks that much like Seyfreid. There is no way they could have been that lucky to have just come across her.

Dream. Susuan Boyle made us all sing “I Dreamed a Dream” all over the place a couple of years ago but, believe me when I say this, Anne Hathaway will blow you away with her rendition. Once you see the context in which that song is placed and watch Hathaway give, arguably, the performance of her career as she tears your heart out with each note, showing that she is more than a pretty face, but a true acting and singing talent.

What didn’t I like?

Length. I don’t believe they cut anything from the original stage version, so this is pretty much the same show you would see on Broadway, just on a grander scale, obviously. However, and this may because yesterday I sat through two nearly three hour movies and have a two more sitting in the living room waiting to be watched, but I felt that this was a scoche long. Having said that, I can’t really say where you could cut anything out.

Opera. Since there are very few lines not sung in this musical, some have called it an opera. I won’t go into a big spiel on the actual definition of an opera, but just because everyone is singing doesn’t make it an opera. Think about it like this, the Star Wars saga (that includes the prequels that people seem to hate so much) is often called a space opera, and other than that weird singing alien George Lucas added in to Jabba the Hutt’s palace, there is no singing, that I can recall, except the Ewok celebration after everything is over.

Opera mouth. Keeping on the subject of opera, I have to mention this because it sort of bugged me. Eddie Redmayne has some real chops, but he needs to do something about his facial movements when he sings. Watch a Broadway or opera singer perform, or you can watch Jessica Simpson sing, she does the same thing. You’ll notice that they move their mouth when they sing long notes, and so does Redmayne. It wouldn’t have been such a bother, except no one else does it!

Crowe. Russell Crowe impressed me with his singing skills. With this and his role in the upcoming Man of Steel, it looks like the guy is on his way to reviving his career. Here is the problem, though, his vocal chops don’t do him any good, especially against the likes of Jackman. He wasn’t as bad a Piece Brosnan in Mamma Mia!, but I still cannot help but think they should have gone with someone else. I’m sure Gerard Butler wouldn’t have minded dusting off his singing chops for this, or they could have gone with Paul Bettany, who was rumored to have originally been cast in the role.

Comic relief. I’m the last person to have issue with comic relief, especially in something that’s more on the serious side, as this film is. However, if you’re going to have comic relief, they cannot be a nuisance, but I found Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter’s characters to be nothing more than your typical lowlife vagrants. I’m not sure if that is how they are actually written in the book and/or musical, but I wasn’t a fan. Seems to me that they could have done something else, like be funny narrators, for instance.

Accents. This whole film is set in France, except maybe the opening scene, but I think that is just off the coast of France. At any rate, here we have these French people all speaking with British accents. I cannot be the only one that noticed this! I don’t get why they chose to give them all British accents. The little street urchin, Gavroche, has a cockney accent, as do the hookers and other peoples that mess chop off Fantine’s hair and send her to a life of, shall we say, less that wholesome living?

The few complaints that I have about Les Miserables are minor and can be considered nitpicky. I don’t intend to come off as if I didn’t enjoy the film, because I did. A few tweaks here and there and this very well could have been a stronger(er) contender for my top film of the year. I believe that the niche audience for this will not be disappointed and neither will the general public. This director was ale to find a way to please everyone. Maybe he should try his hand at a comic book movie! I highly recommend this, so go see it NOW!!!

5 out of 5 stars