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Review – LES MISERABLES

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Reviewed by Dan Spracklen

Rating: 5 out of 5

In short, a beautiful film which tells the story of a man who tries to better the world around him. Les Miserables has been playing to sellout audiences for the past 4 weeks here at the Plaza, with many returning to see it a second time – which, if you’ve seen it you’ll know is unsurprising. The stunning cast includes Hugh Jackman (The X-Men movies), Russell Crowe (Robin Hood), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), and Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland). Introducing Daniel Huttlestone, who plays young boy Gavroche – this is his first film acting role and I must say i’m very impressed – one to watch in the future! He started his acting career aged 9 landing the part of “Nipper” in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from 2009 until 2011.

I cannot fault this film in the slightest, and though the length may put people off, the music and the way the story is told is likely to suck you into the world on screen and it doesn’t feel like 3 hours at all… though you may want to make sure you’re stocked up on a drink and a snack! The way some parts of the story, which is set in 19th-century France, are told is so beautiful and moving, needless to say it has had many in tears. We see each of our main characters in turn towards the beginning of the movie, and as it develops, we see how they are all linked and the stories begind them and their actions. I liked the way that some parts of the story were told fairly subtly, and yet they are so powerful, a reminder that sometimes actions speak louder than words.

The soundtrack is absolutley brilliant, and I believe the album has been number 1 in UK charts for the past couple of weeks. I’m thinking of getting it myself! The songs really do help along the story, and match what’s happening at the time. The light relief in the film from all the sadness comes from comedic pair Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter – who play clueless foster parents. This works very well and their lines are a welcome pause from the more tender storylines that are also happening.

All in all, a very very good film. If you’ve not yet experienced it, there’s still time! Head over to www.plazadorchester.com/film/les-miserables to book your tickets now! PS  – Remember to take some tissues!

 

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