157 minutes of wow.
A truly breathtaking film that left me in absolute awe. I loved every minute of Les Misérables and I really want to see it again (and again). There was something so real and live about it. I can list all the little (and big) things I loved about it but I’ll limit myself to three.
Tim Hooper directed the film beautifully. How he captured the raw emotion of the actors is beyond words. I was never a big fan of Anne Hathaway, but now I am. Her performance was heart breaking. Not a dry eye in the house.
Then there’s the shots. The ability to follow the characters singing in the moment while catching the right balance between light, shadow and stillness was just so inspiring. And of course, the cinematography. I loved the detail in each facial expression set against a textured backdrop, slightly off center with colours that literally popped out of the screen. The shots emphasised the moment, the talent and the emotion. They’re my favourite shots. Almost candid shots taken at an event, a stolen snapshot of how someone felt in that split second. They’re the kind of shots I aspire to take, they’re the shots that leave me wanting more.