I'll be perfectly honest. Before seeing Les Mis tonight in the theater, I had never seen any movie or play production of Les Mis and have never read the novel. This is a fact that I am more embarrassed about then proud of. In no way am I against Les Mis, its just for some odd reason I had never got around to seeing it. So I repented of my past mistakes and went in to this with very high hopes as all my friends seemed to be in love with it. How did I like it? Uh, well, I left the theater with an overall good impression of the movie, but I do have some reservations about what I saw that hopefully don't get me stoned too bad by Les Mis fans.
That aside, another thing that bothered me was that the first half of the movie was really raunchy. A big part of this was Anne Hathaway's part. I really loved her in The Dark Knight Rises and so I was excited for her role in this, especially after the Oscar buzz is all over her. But seriously? Prostitute version of Anne Hathaway was not pleasant to watch. I mean, if you are going have a movie that includes prostitutes, can you at least do more implying? Watching a dirty, beaten up Anne Hathaway get partially stripped down and watching the guy have sex with her (no nudity shown) was extremely gross. Oh but we weren't done there. We then get graced with a whole song in a whore house (or whatever that was), led by Thénardier couple (Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter). No nudity is shown, but there is plenty of cleavage to go around in that scene (which includes a girl getting it on with Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas I guess) as well as before and after and pretty much every time we see Anne Hathaway.
Now lets quickly move on from that. If you have made it this far into my review, you will now be rewarded with what I thought was great. And that would be the second half of the movie. Jean Valjean adopts the extremely adorable Cosette. That little girl was just a sweatheart that I fell in love with. After that happens, we shortly get fast-forwarded into the future when Cosette is a young lady played by Amanda Seyfried and from this point on the movie was fantastic. It was emotional, moving, and well-acted. Yes, the movie was a touch on the long side, but I felt it needed the good long ending that it had in order to semi redeem itself from the awful beginning. And of course the music was great, even if I thought there was a bit too much of it.
Now lets end this by going over the musical stars. In my eyes, Isabelle Allen (young Cosette) and Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroche) stole the show for me. Those two young child actors singing were just adorable. Next most impressive was the amazing and beautiful voice of Samantha Barks (Éponine). The cute young couple played by Amanda Seyfried (older Cosette) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius) did a great job, although I will admit that I was slightly more impressed by Eddie than Amanda. Hugh Jackman did fantastic throughout most of the movie, although there were a few iffy moments for him. Anne Hathaway despite her awful role, actually did have a great voice that I have to praise. Cohen and Carter get an all around F from me, both in singing and in acting. And Russell Crowe, uh.... well, lets just say he shouldn't make a habit of doing musicals. Aaron Tveit as Enjolras was our other main singer and I did enjoy him as well.
Ending with my overall grade, I didn't hate this movie. Although not what I expected, I did have a positive feeling coming out of it because of the fantastic ending, but I can't ignore the raunchiness of the movie. That's something that I really don't appreciate and can't praise. This movie has given me a desire to go see other Les Mis productions and movies, but this specific one was a miss for me. 6 out 10.