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Les Miserables Gets Applause, Positive Early Reviews

Submitted by on November 26, 2012 – 2:41 pmNo Comment

Director Tom Hooper‘s movie musical Les Misérables had its first screening this past weekend, and the early reviews of the film (via social media) are gushing. Collider reported that each musical number “was followed by raucous applause,” and that the cast and crew received a standing ovation at the end. Viewers then took to Twitter to rave about the film.

UK’s The Guardian highlighted some of the prominent people singing the film’s praises, with reviewers saying it is “the new front-runner for the best picture Oscar,” “epic,” “unreal,” and many saying it made them cry.

Early tweets seemed to offer universal praise for lead Hugh Jackman and supporting lead Anne Hathaway, but viewers were divided over Russell Crowe‘s vocal performance. While one EW.com’s reviewer said Crowe really “sing-sings” while others just talk, another commentor said Crowe stuck out like “a sore thumb” amidst the vocal talent.

Reviewers were also kind to Hooper’s decision to use the actual audio of the actors singing on set, rather than vocal tracks recorded later in a studio. THR even claims that musical numbers are shot in close-up with no cutaways.

What do you think? Are you excited for Les Miz?

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