Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ Is A Miss For This Fan Of The Musical

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“Les Miserables”
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Before my review of Tom Hooper’s film “Les Miserables,” I just want to preempt a few nastygrams by saying that I have tremendous respect for this musical. I studied it in school growing up, I’ve watched several performances of it over the years, and I know some of the songs well enough to sing along. Although I’m not exactly a diehard “Les Mis” devotee, I can appreciate the skill with which the story and the music are crafted. Both are woven together in a way that is compelling and enthralling.

That being said, Hooper’s adaptation is a disappointing cinematic regurgitation of the stage show that is downright boring. The only interesting moments come from specific performances and the small deviations the film makes from tradition.

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Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for Starpulse.com. I have also contributed pieces to NewEnglandFilm.com. In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .

2 thoughts on “Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ Is A Miss For This Fan Of The Musical

  • January 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “he’s too slavish to the show”

    My response to that is, why mess with perfection? The stage musical has been round for almost 30 years because it’s so good. I appreciated that Hooper kept certain things the same. He also added his own spin, close-ups and what-not to bring an intimacy to the production. I loved it all. Sorry that the production annoyed you. Check out my review to see why I loved it so much.

    • January 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for reading Mark. After seeing the show in several iterations on stage and in recorded stage pieces I was hoping that Hooper would try something different and really show us the heights that a production like this could reach on the big screen.

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