Les Miserables is the longest running musical in West End history and was the recipient of eight Tony Awards in 1987. Tom Hooper was the darling of the 2011 Academy Awards with his debut feature The King’s Speech garnering four Oscar statuettes. So, on paper Les Miserables should be a no brainer.
It’s got great pedigree, a huge fanbase, a set of cast iron guaranteed wins on its song sheet. How could it possibly go wrong? Well, that question still stands without reply. This new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s huge door-stopper novel is as glorious as anything we could have expected.
Tom Hooper’s latest film is most definitely not lacking in scope. From the off we are landed in a biblically huge shipyard, witness to thousands of slaves working under the keen observation of the villain of the piece, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Toiling away far under him we soon find our hero, »
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