Number of Times Seen – 3 (15 Jan 2013, Mid-Feb 2013 and 23 Oct 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A fugitive from the law takes on the task of raising a young orphaned girl. He must decide whether to keep himself hidden or expose himself to the law.
My Take on it – This is truly one of the best adaptations of a musical into a movie.
Everything about this movie is done right.
The message is so very clear; there is always hope in life no matter how bad things seem to be.
The choices of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as the two main characters was a brilliant decision. They both easily slip into their characters and truly embody them with all of their flaws and also their strengths.
We can truly feel each of their anguish as they try to decide what is right or wrong; what is moral and immoral; what is legal and what is illegal.
The rest of the cast is also great. Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bodham-Carter are excellent as the comic relief and Amanda Seyfield and Eddie Redmayne are both perfect as the young lovers.
The sets, costumes and music are spectacular and the story stays very closely to the original Victor Hugo novel and the subsequent musical plays produced.
This movie should have won Best Picture at the Oscars, but unfortunately, Argo (2012) has two big things going for it.
1. The slap in the face to Ben Affleck not being nominated for Best Director helped catapult his movie in the top category
2. Hollywood insiders love movies about Hollywood insiders affecting the outcome of world events.
Don’t misunderstand me, Argo (2012) is a very good movie, but this one is just that much better…
Bottom Line -Clearly the best adaptation of a musical and by far the best movie of 2012. Compelling story and music that has stood the test of time. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy