On the 10th January, the Oscar nominations were revealed. I imagine many of the Oscar nominees were sat in a dark room, crying when they found out they were up against Les Misérables. The Working Title produced film dominated 8 across the 24 categories and are expected to win most of them. So why is this film such an award magnet? Well, apart from it’s incredible line-up, spectacular scenery and outstanding, emotional love story it is directed by award winning director Tom Hooper, who is responsible for the Brilliant British film The King’s Speech.
The story consists of Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), being released from prison and creating a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert (Russel Crowe). Set post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. Many critics would say this is a musical like Mamma Mia; where the cast was more important than the singing talent, but the in this film, the cast’s voices are flawless. The soundtrack was recorded at the same as the acting which gives an authentic touch to the production. The revolution background is a tad repetitive but the scenery is done so well, it’s a joy to watch.
Overall Rating: ★★★★