Les Misérables Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Les Misérables

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Exquisite adaptation of the theatrical adaption of Victor Hugo's epic novel.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Isabelle Allen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Directed by:

    Tom Hooper

  • Running time:

    158 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    A woman's teeth are pulled out as punishment. A man is crushed beneath a cart. Battle sequences feature heavy gunfire, fist-fighting, swords and bayonet attacks with multiple fatalities and injuries to men, women and a child. Shots are fired at close, mid- and long-range distances. A man kills himself by jumping off a bridge; his dead body is seen on the ground below before being washed away. Suicide by explosion is threatened. Multiple beatings with sticks, stones and fists. Multiple dead bodies including a wrapped baby (death is implied). Scars, bandages, missing limbs. Thieving, lying, blackmail. Yelling, pleading, arguing, cries for mercy. Death and starvation are frequently discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody gunshot wounds, bloody clothing, dead bodies, dead and mutilated animals, blood flowing on ground, gushing wounds, bruising and swelling.


    Prostitution. A stranger has sex with an unwilling prostitute. Kissing and touching. Promiscuity. Nudity: Prostitutes wear revealing clothing. The lower part of a man's bum-cheeks are seen.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne). Smoking (pipes).


    Death, starvation, impoverishment, imprisonment, injustice, revenge, capture, fortitude, abandonment, single-parenting, protection, custody, hope, dreams, desperation.


    Spitting. Urinating. Vomit is seen. Animals are killed or mutilated then turned into ground meat. Filthy city streets. Impoverished people are filthy and hungry. Feverish hallucination.


    Performances are a-may-zing, especially from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are a riot. Direction is visceral and well executed. The camera assumes the role of the theatrical spotlight by using tight framing during gut-wrenching solos shot (usually) in one take. Hooper manages to bring the stage to the screen with an incredible intuition.


    Fans of the stage musical will love this; fans of the novel will likely be left out in the cold. The thrilling musical score sounds outdated on the big screen. If you don't already know who Prisoner 24601 is then you probably won't enjoy this introduction. Russell Crowe's performance is self-conscious.


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