starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks and Daniel Huttlestone
screenplay by Alain Boublil, William Nicholson, Claude-Michel Schőnberg and Herbert
directed by Tom Hooper
What a load of total shitty crap!! It’s unfortunate, too, because the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo is one of the greatest and most dramatic stories in the history of literature. I know. I’ve read it. Twice. From its reputation I was expecting a much better movie. So I bought the DVD, not rented it, in anticipation of a show to match the reputation. Now I’m ready to toss the DVD in the trash, but I won’t. I’ll keep it in the hope that in the future I might appreciate it better. Or, even appreciate it at all.
I was so turned off by the music and singing that after ten minutes I was ready to stop watching. Instead I fast forwarded through the entire 158-minutes of it, stopping now and then for the most dramatic scenes. And there were a lot of dramatic scenes. The stagecraft and costumes are magnificent. It’s the music and the singing that suck.