Based on the 19th century French fiction novel by Victor Hugo, Oscar-nominated Les Miserables explores a new genre of film noir. Directed by Tom Hooper, the musical film has an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Everyone talking about Les Misérables? You don’t have to watch it! Just pretend like you’re in the know too
When they say Les Mis is... I cried at the part when....
You say: Imbeciles! It’s pronounced Les Miz.
Well, a guy steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving kids during an economic depression and ends up in prison for 19 years. Whaddaya expect?
When they say I Dreamed a Dream is the best song.
You say: On my Own is more personal, poignant and poetic. Plus, no one has to cut their hair for it. And Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, what a song!
When they say Wow the actors sound like they’re actually singing.
You say: The songs were recorded live during filming, not mixed in later. They are actually singing and acting at the same time. Russell Crowe sang 40 takes in a row!
When they say Anne Hathaway is on screen for only half an hour, boo!
You say: It still makes her an Oscar front-runner. Judi Dench won with barely eight minutes in Shakespeare in Love.
From HT Brunch, January 20
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