Like so many young(ish) people home for the holidays this week, I went with my family to see the much-anticipated cinematic spectacle Les Miserables. The cinematography was beautiful, if a bit overwhelming at times, and the live singing was – well – revolutionary. (Cough.)
I have mixed feelings about Anne Hathaway’s performance as Fantine, but I do think about a third of the way into “I Dreamed a Dream” she really took it to a pretty special place and I’ve got to give her and her perfect pixie cut props for that. Most of the cast was truly darling, especially the young men, but Russell Crowe sang Javert like a stiff, nervous high schooler who was keeping the beat inside his head the entire time. It was a huge disappointment, and yet his abysmal performance wasn’t able to ruin the film because Hugh Jackman was so transcendent throughout, I could have watched him die for another hour.
My favorite part of the movie, though, was when my mother asked me if Hugh Jackman was Justin Timberlake. I told her no, and she said, “Well who’s Hugh Jackman?” I said, “Wolverine from X-Men.” She said, “Oh yaas! That’s the one with Robo Cop!”
I’m certainly not the only child who got a kick out of taking Mom and Pop to see Les Mis this week. This young guy’s parents loved the movie so much they can’t stop crying about it. Hilarious:
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