‘Les Miserables’ released in theaters Christmas Day, film chock-full of top actors; actress Anne Hathaway stuns with her moving voice
Star actress Anne Hathaway stuns with her vocal abilities, and her performance has created buzz about a possible Oscar nomination for “best supporting actress.” Her touching rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is raw and moving, which speaks volumes about the rest of her performance. Actor Hugh Jackman also is stellar with his performance as released prisoner Jean Valjean, and may earn him an Oscar nomination for “best actor.”His singing is powerful and natural, and his performance as the haunted, redeemed Valjean drives the movie, according to one review. Jackman and Hathaway are also up for Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Golden Globes.
Director Hooper, who won Oscars for his hit film “The King’s Speech,” not only cast Hathaway as Fantine – who sells her hair and her body just to survive – and Jackman as Valjean, but also Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, and includes stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, as well. What’s different about this film, is that the actors sing their lines live – they are not pre-recorded.
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“Les Miserables” is an epic tale that follows fugitive Jean Valjean as he’s hunted for decades by dogged Inspector Javert through the Paris Uprising of 1832. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. It’s a story about broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption —a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
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