CINEMA REVIEW: Les Miserable (12A)

Madame Thenardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen)
Madame Thenardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen)

Les Miserable (12A) review by Boston Grammar School pupil Joe Baxter

Les Mis, is a show I remember being particularly boring as a child; however, with the it being nominated for Best Picture, I gave it another shot.

After walking out of this film, it reconfirmed my hatred of the BAFTAs, as once again they show how alienated they are from the general film going audience.

The main problem I have with this film is that it wants you to care for the characters plights and reduce you to tears.

However, in order to emote with any character, they must first be characterised (see films like Warrior, Forrest Gump etc), and Les Mis fails horrifically in this aspect.

During Anne Hathaway’s rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, I heard many people crying, but personally, I didn’t care.

She was not characterised well at all, thus defeating the purpose.

Whilst my review for this will go against the general consensus, I strongly believe that whilst this film does contain some great performances, the characters have about as much depth as a piece of paper.

1/5 stars