Movie Review: LES MISÉRABLES (2012)

Okay so I lied and I went to go see this before I cleaned my room.  I was familiar with the director, Tom Hooper, and his work for The King’s Speech. He nagged an Oscar then for best directing so I was really curious to see what he would do here with this musical.  I have my dad’s copy of the 1998 Chicago musical which I have listened to from time to time and I’m familiar with the 1935 version that wasn’t a musical.  Ultimately  what led to the decision to go see it was my sister’s way of celebrating Boxing Day.

Needless to say I was absolutely taken away at the stunning visual quality of the film.  It was clear and sharp matching the phenomenal voices!  It also rang true to the original storyline.  Nonetheless, we all know the cast s brilliant and the performances were dead on from a Gladiator playing Javert and a lovely newcomer as Gavroche.  Honestly it’s the perfect film to end the year.

5/5

Restless (2011)

This one was easily one of my favorites. This is one of those underrated romances.  It brings together some things that many people face alone, such as death, illness and attending other people’s funerals or fascination with birds.  Yet, it also deals with chance.  What are the chances of meeting that one person who understands you?

I also must commend Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, because the characters were very complex from both emotions to outfit choices.  The matching hair cuts also did some good.  And we cannot forget Gus Van Sant, he really made me as a viewer feel like I was a ghost, just hovering.

It may not be the most timeless love story of the decade, but it certainly reflects on the now.

4.3/5

Trailer

Remember Me (2010)

 

This was the first movie I saw of Robert Pattinson that was not Twilight.  I wanted to see what else could he possibly do.

I was not immediately in love with this movie, it took a while to get into it.  Originally I thought if you’re really seeking a film to slightly gush over, or you really like modern love romance scenes.  However I’m glad to also say if you like a ending with a twist, then this is for you as well.

The story felt very dry.  There were things I had seen before in movies or I have had the unfortunately to read in the newspaper.  But that all distracts from

I was not pleased with the character development.  While the over all story was pretty good I felt that not having that extra layer to the characters, is what made me sort of shrug at the romance.  The performances were far from flat, but I would have liked to see a little more of their deeper thoughts.

To be honest I liked the script, the little bits and pieces made it a great story.  There were very quirky things scattered, like how Ally likes eating dessert first, Tyler’s love for his sister and how death foils both of their lives.

Oh and the Strand.  So much love for throwing that in.

3/5

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

I saw this in theaters back in December and I have to say…

IT WAS THE SINGLE MOST AMAZING THING I EVER SAW IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

When I go to the movies I sit in chronic bitch mode and critique the movie the whole time, but  I honestly was drawn into this world.  I loved the opening sequence of Karen O blasting Led Zepplin through the speakers  The whole mystery element, touch of romance and slight humor made it all worth while.

I have to admit the Rape scene was VERY graphic and I don’t suggest watching it if you squirm easily, because almost every girl and her boyfriend did.  Yet I must admit, I love Rooney Mara.  She did an excellent job the way she make Lisbeth seem so real, I freaking fell in love with her.

The only thing I’m gonna pick on is Daniel Craig.  This is not James Bond.  Where was your Swedish accent?  But then again he didn’t really need it, and is easily overlooked because of his acting skills.

Oh and if you’re fan of the book the ending was slightly tweaked, but nothing major it still ends the same.

4.8/5