Seems Like Everyone Has An Opinion on Les MisérablesJonathan Zipper

Les Misérables has only been in theaters for two weeks, and whether or not you’ve seen the movie, you’ve most certainly bared witness to a debate about it. Someone in your Facebook or Twitter family may have even caught a sneak peek screening before the official release, and from that moment, a dialogue was born. Or was it?

Throughout the entire process from inception to premiere, die-hard musical theater lovers and Les Mis fans had their expectations. Lest we forget the moment when the internet started going crazy over rumors of Taylor Swift as Eponine. A few months later, Anne Hathaway’s pixie cut and weight-loss transformation became the talk of the town. More recently, the discussion shifted to the cast’s “groundbreaking” live vocal performance, which has become the big hot button issue.

The reviews have been mixed with some who argue that Les Mis isn’t the “major event” it should be, while others applaud its raw and intimate depiction. Well, that’s to be expected when people have such a strong attachment to the source material.

So, Gigglers, since you’ll be hearing about it for at least one day more, we have to ask — the Les Misérables criticism: YEA or NAY?

Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Yea freaking yea. but the soundtrack is missing a whole bunch of songs!

  2. I was beyond excited to see the film, having loved the musical for about 17 years, and every time I saw the trailer I would get chills. I brought tissue, because I just knew I would cry. I settled into my sit and as the movie progressed, the chills faded and the tissue was not needed. Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Samantha Barks were amazing, and nominations would be well deserved. I adore Eddie Redmayne and what saved him, in my eyes, was that the songs were sung live. I don’t feel like the impact of the songs were as powerful, as when one sees it live. Maybe it was because the orchestration quietly supported the performances. I did not laugh out loud, during Master of House, nor did most in the theater and I did not cry during One Day More, like a normally do when listening to the musical in my car. So for me the movie was good, definitely not as great as most in the media are portraying it to be.

  3. I adored every second of it. Every single gutwrenching second. Samantha Barks (Eponine) was just outstanding, and if Anne Hathaway does not win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, there is some serious injustice in the world, because she was phenomenal.

    This movie had such huge potential to fall on its arse, but it didn’t. Tom Hooper did an extraordinary job, and kudos to the entire cast.

  4. Yea, obvs. The movie acknowledged both musical and novel in very tasteful ways. I mean, Fantine’s teeth!

  5. YEA for sure. I’m a big fan of the musical and was expecting a more stage like approach to the film. But I think the way they did it was better. And moving I Dreamed A Dream to slightly later in the story gave it so much more emotion. Jackman singing Bring Him Home broke my heart and then I didn’t stop crying until the end. I have never cried so much at a movie in my life And I knew what was going to happen. Amazing film!!!

  6. i understand the criticism, but for anyone who has any prior knowledge and love for Les Miz – it’s gotta be YEA right? yes, there are aspects of the story and film that deserve to be criticized, but on the whole, you can’t say it wasn’t a spectacle of the most epic proportions. i’d put it on a similar level as Titanic, as far as scope and emotional heft go. in the future, yeah, we might be saying it was overrated, but while we’re still in the thick of it, it’s just impossible not to love.

  7. I vote YEA overall. I love this story — the book is incredible (if you love the musical and haven’t read the book, you need to…or it’s like watching a cartoon about Noah’s ark and saying you’ve read the Bible). And I love the musical. What struck me most comparing the movie to the musical is how greater capacity for tragedy film has over stage. The musical has always moved me, but the distance given between the audience and the actors spares some of the discomfort of the tragedy. In the film, I cannot look away from the misery. I see every wretched twist of agony. I don’t have to depend on the actor’s voice and my imagination. It is undeniably there in front of me. I hated and loved it for that reason. It was painful, but it’s supposed to be painful.

    I’m going to echo everyone else and say that Russel Crowe as Javert was definitely the weak link, and what an unfortunate link to be weak. Javert’s role in the story is so significant, it is jarring to see him portrayed as little more than pensive. Javert is supposed to be this beautifully tragic villain — one spurred not by evil, but by his own fervent and powerful obsession with righteousness. Instead, he was portrayed as a pitiable weakling. I’m not sure this was Russel Crowe’s fault as much as perhaps Tom Hooper did not understand the complexities of the character.

    Anyway, I still loved it and wept through at least half of it. :)

  8. I was completely blown away for nearly all of it! I had to see it twice the first week you! Anne Hathaway was amazing, but Russell Crowe could have used a voice lesson or 5 before filming.

  9. It wasn’t perfect (particularly with Russell Crowe’s singing) but it’s still my new favorite movie.

  10. I don’t generally like musicals that are turned into giant movies. Anne Hathaway is a great actress, but I don’t like when she sings–it sets me on edge. So, I am a definite Nay on Les Miserables being great. I prefer the book version any day, leave the singing behind. The only musical I have ever enjoyed in film was ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.’ As much as I love Phantom of the Opera, Emmy Rossum’s portrayal of Christine was incredibly lackluster.

  11. I have loved Les Mis since I was very young, and I have to say… the movie moved me deeply. At the end, I had tears running down my cheeks… I looked over to my friend sitting next to me and said, “I feel like my life just changed a little.” It was beautifully done. And it was fantastic to see it on the big screen. Maybe even better than seeing it on stage. Russell Crowe was the only one who disappointed me… Acting-wise, he was fine. But vocally, he just didn’t have the power in his voice that I’d expect from Javert. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were particularly astounding, and I just *loved* Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

    I feel particularly tied to the musical since my high school marching band did Les Mis as our marching show my sophomore year of high school. Everyone I know who loved our show and loves Les Mis has also deeply loved the new movie. “Bring Him Home” made me cry like a loon.

  12. Definitley YEA! It was amazing from the scences, to the costumes, the acting , and of the course the singing it was amazing! I’ve seen it three times now and im blown away every time. The message is what gets me, a message of forgiveness and grace, and love, and the passion that drives us, and the acting and singing brought that all together beautifully. The live recording made everything that much more emotional and authentic. it was beautiful!

  13. Les Misérables the movie….mmm where to start….let me just sayyyy that i was not that impressed by it – i don’t know if it was because i was expecting the feeling of the play? or because Russell Crowe singing? that every time he opened his mouth he killed the moment/atmosphere? i don’t know, he sings well but it didn’t blend well with this particular theme/movie, he has more of a modern voice…not quite the era for this one…Hugh Jackman was great tough, but once again he has experience in broadway theatre already so…. but overall a nice movie for the ones that are not willing to spend the play ticket i guess – tought my recommendation is to experience the play and the movie so u can have full appreciation of the differents art forms

  14. The movie crushed me. Anne Hathaway was brilliant. I still can’t hear her sing I Dreamed a Dream again without getting all teary-eyed. I thought the raw emotional quality of the film really did it justice.

  15. Oh I just loved it. I wept like a baby in like 3 parts. I’ve never seen the musical, and now am determined to see it live at some point, and read the book. I’m generally not an Anne Hathaway fan, but she really blew me away. I don’t know the characters names, but the guy with the freckles…mmm! I always love Hugh Jackman. It took me a moment at the beginning of the film to recognize him. We all know Russell Crowe wasn’t the best singer in the film, but, his acting was great. He looks like the character, and I think did great.The girl that played the young Cosette, so darling. As someone said above, THE KID was super good. I just really adored the whole thing. I’m not one to choose to sit in a theater for over 2.5 hours, and I would do it again for this in a heartbeat.

  16. I loved all the music. The acting was so deep and raw. I love all the characters but I have to say that I loved Russel Crow best.

  17. An absolutely YEA!! Everyone in this movie did an amazing job, even the kid (don’t know his name :P) well, THE KID :D I’ve got to say that the fact that a kid sings SO MUCH better than you it’s depressing…hahaha This movie is really REALLY worth watching! ;)

  18. Anne Hathaway was amazing and Aaron Tviet is always awesome. I’m always impressed by Hugh Jackman, but was sad that Russel Crowe couldn’t hold his own. Overall, I’ll see it again…and probably a few times after that.

  19. I wasn’t completely blown away with it, but I did enjoy it. I thought Anne Hathaway was amazing (as expected) and I LOOOOOOOOOVED Eddie Redmayne as Marius. I liked the live singing, and thought it really worked with the movie. But, Les Miz isn’t my favorite musical, so I didn’t fall head over heels in love. But, a great movie as far as I’m concerned.