Variety on ‘Les Miz’: ‘More gusto than grace’


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senior film critic Justin Chang has a mixed take on “Les Miserables”:

As a faithful rendering of a justly beloved musical, “Les Miserables” will more than satisfy the show’s legions of fans. Even so, director Tom Hooper and the producers have taken a number of artistic liberties with this lavish bigscreen interpretation: The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors’ live oncamera vocals. Yet for all its expected highs, the adaptation has been managed with more gusto than grace; at the end of the day, this impassioned epic too often topples beneath the weight of its own grandiosity. …

Read the entire review here. My initial snapshot impressions can be found here. And in case you missed it, here’s Chang’s review of “Promised Land.”

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