Movie – Les Miserables: C-

les miserablesC-
Taking a play and adding special effects, no matter how beautiful, did not make for a successful formula to turn it into a movie. I don’t hate musicals, but singing every line of dialog was unnecessary, and at times difficult to understand. The sets looked like, well… sets, and not part of a greater city. I’m not as disappointed in Russel Crowe as everyone said I should be. But since he and Jackman were the only characters with full arcs I can see how his lack-luster performance would be more noticable. Also the movie would not end. It just kept going. Forever. So many time jumps…

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Movie – Hugo: A


A
Wonderfully crafted and perfectly paced. It’s adventerous and fun. Everything turns out the way you’d expect, but the world is so expertly crafted that it’s impossible not to enjoy the journey. Themes are unique and persistent, and the characters have just the proper quirks and nuances to remain intriguing.