Les Miserables is one of the classic stories I adored since high school. Even though I studied literature under Western influence, it was one of the books that was relevant in this then-struggling nation that inspired the heroes to take a stand. Although it is a work of fiction, it backdraft a significant event in French history.
Even before the musicale, I already had fascination with the story. There was already a movie of the same name but it was not a musical. Despite that it was not a musical, it was action packed and entertaining just the same.
What makes this movie unique is not only it was made as a movie adaptation of the musical, it was made like it was being done in theater. The actors were also singing while filming the movie. Their voices were recorded directly using earpieces as source of accompaniment. Besides that, it is quite a revelation that there are more actors who can sing.
I believe Les Miserables is one of the movies you should see since it is also nominated for the Academy for Best Picture as well as Hugh Jackman for Best Actor In a Lead Role in his performance as Jean Valjean and Anne Hanthaway for Best Actress in Supporting Role in her performance as Fantine.
Cameron Macintosh's Les Miserables opens in Philippine cinemas January 16, 2013 and is distributed by Solar Entertainment Corp. and UIP.