There appears to be a divide between some top-name critics and audiences over the quality of ‘Les Miserables,’ starring Anne Hathaway, center.
Les Misérables is much more than just the feel-sad movie of the Oscar season.
Not that the best-picture contender, the first musical to compete in the category since 2002′s Chicago, doesn’t live up to its name.
Consider that much of the story based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel is devoted to chronicling the pitiful state of the impoverished masses in 19th-century France through the redemptive actions of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), the ex-convict who served 19 years for merely stealing a loaf of bread.
Meanwhile, four major characters die during the course of its 157 minutes, along with sundry student revolutionaries sacrificing themselves for a lost cause, all the while singing in close-up and live on camera without the artifice of lip-syncing.
But Les Mis also has earned the reputation as the feel-hate film of the year. Judging by their published vitriol, a number of notable pundits who experienced the big-screen version of Broadway’s 1987 Tony winner leave the dark of the theater fairly frothing with anger, disgust, repulsion and, yes, hate.
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