I did not expect the film to be 90% singing, had I been living in a cave? Anyway I found a lot of the singing, the music and the lyrics to be awful. I found myself waiting for the songs to end and for the story to progress, too much introspection. There were high points; I Dreamed A Dream and the songs about the barricades were stirring. Hugh Jackman did well carrying the film and Anne Hathaway did okay as well.
The production design was fantastic, all the sets inside and out of
had been lovingly built, as well as the ship being pulled in by the convicts at
the beginning. I found that the story was quite saggy throughout and wasn’t
helped by the continual differing version of the same song over and over again.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter annoyed me intensely; I never
understood why he sang in a French accent when every one else sang in an
English one, even Russell Crowe (ish). Montreuil
I was expecting truly dreadful, it wasn’t as quite as bad as that.