Les Miserables (2012)

When people ask me if Les Miserables is a musical, I tell them no. Instead, I call it an experience. It’s an experience to be loved, to be lived, and to be sung. And sing I did, as I walked out of the theaters after watching the new movie by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

Top-notch ensemble cast, legendary producer, innovative director, unparalleled music. What more could you ask for? It was every bit worth the wait and more. The favorite tunes were all there, and they even added some new bits and pieces here and there. Including, if I might spoil it, a brand new piece written just for the movie (Suddenly).

I’m no film critic, so I won’t do such a thing as to give a score or a rating. But the movie truly moved me. Although there were moments that I wish the singing was done better or differently, those moments paled in comparison to the grandeur of the experience as a whole.

Please, go see it this holiday season. Do yourself this favor: you won’t regret it.

Les Miserables

Or, if you prefer,

Personally I’m more drawn to the 25th anniversary, mostly because I am more familiar with the cast: Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, etc. But whatever your preference is, if you’re a Les Mis fan (who isn’t?), you’re probably just as excited as I am for the new ensemble cast movie that’s coming out Christmas day. As if Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman weren’t exciting enough, the movie’s directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and produced by Cameron Mackintosh (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera). And little known to many, Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean, makes an appearance in the movie as the priest.

Needless to say, I am super psyched for the movie.

Oh, and a great side effect of preparing for the release of the Les Mis movie during this time of year: instead of christmas carols, Les Mis music is stuck in my head 24/7. So much better.