Associated Press
| December 18, 2012

This Christmas, director Tom Hooper brings the highly-acclaimed Broadway epic “Les Miserables” to the big screen with a star-studded ensemble cast.

The musical, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, is a story depicting life in 19th century France. From prison and prostitution to starvation and war, Hugo’s classic highlights human struggle in dramatic fashion.

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After being imprisoned for stealing bread to feed his family, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) breaks his parole and finds himself on the run from Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), who obsessively pursues Valjean in every way possible. Valjean subsequently changes his name and becomes a wealthy factory owner and mayor of a town that just so happens to employ Inspector Javert.

As the story evolves, characters played by Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter find themselves intertwined in Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse game.

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"Les Miserables" is a “sung-through” musical, which means no talking … and I mean not a word. Now, I find nothing wrong with a good musical that breaks into song now and again. In fact, it’s a great way to really get inside the head of a character and explain plot points. However, do we really need to hear Crowe belt out his best baritone every time he engages in casual conversation on the street?

It’s a great story, but I can’t help but feel that if they cut some of the singing, they could’ve put the almost three-hour run time to better use.

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The Date Nighter Says:
The ladies in the theater loved this one. The constant sniffling, crying and gasping was at times louder than the Revolution in surround sound. Guys — if you’re fans of the play, go for it. Otherwise, you may want to check out what’s happening in the next theater. Is "Skyfall" still playing?