What's the film about?
Based on Victor Hugo's epic tale, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.
Set in 19th Century France, the film follows ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
All the while, the rumblings of a French revolution are going on.
Who's in it? Anne Hathway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samantha Barks, Isabelle Allen
Considering how well anything to do with Les Mis tends to do, there was a lot of pressure on director Tom Hooper and boy did he deliver.
Having his cast perform the songs live on set means that this flick feels ten times more real that any musical we've ever seen on our cinema screen.
Most of the focus has been on Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman - quite rightly too!
Anne makes the most of her small time on screen by bringing a fragility and rawness to I dreamed a dream that will have you in tears. And to think she did that all in one take!
Hugh is the jack of all trades and any man who can go from being wolverine to the starved and downtrodden Jean Valjean deserves to win an Oscar. Yes we said it!
But the praise should also go to Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks for being utterly brilliant in their roles as well.
Sam might have already won Les Mis fans hearts by playing Eponine on stage and in the 25th anniversary concert but as this is her first film, she knocks the ball right out fo the park.
It seem Eddie can do no wrong and after playing a part in so many good films lately, it's great to see that singing is one of his many talents as well.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonam Carter are comedy gold and we really hope they work together again sometime soon!
Complaints: It's a musical so sorry but there's no real dialogue.
While the interval at the theatre gives you a chance to breath, this film just powers through in a way that leaves you completely engrossed in the Les Mis world.
Some people will love it, some people not so much.
Verdict: Amazing performances, stunning visuals, epic tale, Les Mis has it all. We can confirm that this film definitely lives up to the hype. Fans new and old will be impressed!
P.S. Young cosette (Isabelle Allen) is the cutest little actress ever.
Les Misérables is out in cinemas now!
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