Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Les Misérables

Les Misérables is the most popular stage musical ever, having been seen by over 70 million people.

The events of the musical and film take place just prior to the second French Revolution and are based on the book by the same name.

The movie Les Misérables tries hard to be a beautiful epic musical and only succeeds at being beautiful.  The problem is that the music is not particularly memorable and star studded cast seems to have only average singing ability.  Even the most famous song, I Dreamed a Dream, is not as good as the Susan Boyle version.  The two and half hour movie feels too long for the story that is there.  Without the music it would be half as long.  There is enough good stuff in the movie to keep me interested, but not impressed.

Maybe the stage version is better.  I hope to see it someday.

Rating: * * *

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